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Barron County Sheriff’s Department adds new crime fighting tools


Barron County (Press Release) - The Sheriff's Department has added two new crime fighting tools to Barron County. An anonymous tip411 program and a Sheriff's Department Facebook page have been implemented to help enhance communication with community members.

Tip411 allows the public to text message an anonymous tip to a call center in St. Paul, MN and lets the officer respond back through the call center if necessary. The call center removes all identifying information before law enforcement receives the tip so there's no way to identify the sender, making the program 100% anonymous.

"We're proud to be part of a national program that benefits over 1000 communities around the country," states Sheriff Fitzgerald, "this new capability will help our citizens play an active role in keeping our neighborhoods safe, it will engage young people in the process, and it will save our agency time and resources."

How does it work? Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to the Barron County Sheriff's Department by texting the word BCTIPS and the tip information to tip411 (847411). The tip is then sent to the appropriate Barron County law enforcement agency.

According to Sheriff Fitzgerald, this capability is a new model for creating safer communities. 

"When someone feels afraid to come forward, or simply feels like they don't want to get involved, this can be a great way to pass information on without fear of retribution."

Along with the new tip411 program, the Sheriff's Department is also launching its own Facebook page. Those who add the Sheriff's Department Facebook page will receive weekly crime tips and press releases.

"In today's age of technology Facebook provides a fast and convenient way to share important information," states Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. "It also allows us to better connect with Barron County youth."

Funding for the new Tip 411 program came from the Barron County Safe & Stable Families Coalition. All citizens are encouraged to participate in these new programs.

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