The Asheville Police Department (APD) is putting a new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members. This new tool, TIP2APD, allows the public to share anonymous tips with police officers and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation. (See video tutorial below.)
The tool also allows the community to find information on incidents APD is currently asking for help with, and to receive alerts about crime activity in their city.
“When we work in partnership with our community, we can really make a difference. We hope this is a way people feel like they can access us directly with concerns they have in their neighborhoods, while remaining completely anonymous,” said Chief David Zack. “We are trying to do our best to enhance the quality of life for everyone in Asheville whenever we have the opportunity to do so.”
The application is available for free download for both iPhone and Android users via the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store by searching “AshevillePD.”
Individuals without a smartphone can share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cell phone by texting keyword TIP2APD and their message/tip to 847411.
The TIP2APD tool is only for non-emergencies and is not a replacement for 9-1-1. In the event of an emergency please dial 9-1-1 immediately.