The Bismarck Police Department’s new anonymous tip program has yielded more than 100 tips since its launch on Jan. 1.
Officer Katie Horn said the tip411 app allows users to provide tips quickly but remain anonymous if they wish. Within a couple days of its launch, information received through the program helped officers locate a runaway. Tipsters also have provided information about shoplifters, and about 30 tips have been received on an active felony fraud case dating back to 2018.
The tip411 program replaces Crime Stoppers, which the department stopped using when tip411 was launched.
Tipsters can use tip411 three ways. They can text information directly to tip411, submit information to tip411 through the BPD website or use the app to send a message. Photos and videos can be attached to those messages. The message and text methods are quicker and easier, Horn said. Text messages can be sent to 847411. The keyword is BISPD.
Mandan Police Department continues to use Crime Stoppers and other tip methods are available through the city’s website, deputy chief Lori Flaten said. MPD also gets tips through Facebook, but it is not continuously monitored. The tips might not be seen until the next day if they are submitted during the night.
Anonymous tips to the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department can be made through an online system, BCSD Maj. Jim Hulm said. The department uses Crime Stoppers, too, but with BPD moving away from it there has been a steady decline in its use.
BPD will forward information that pertains to MPD or BCSD if it is received through tip411.
Anyone who wants to download the BPD tip411 app to their mobile device should look for a picture of a BPD badge in the app store. The app is available at no cost.