WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office wants us to play a role in fighting crime in our neighborhoods. That is why they have rolled out the new text to tip program.
It allows you to anonymously send information to the Sheriff’s Department about criminal activity. Typically, your phone number shows up when you send a text, but the way this works you’d have to download the free app, called TipWCSO in the Google Play or Apple App store and send a message through the app. Deputies say it’s designed to remove all personal information. They’ll constantly be monitoring for tips and can even respond back to you in real time. To be clear, the program is not meant to replace 9-1-1 in emergencies, but it is meant to help the public feel more comfortable sharing information with police.
"I've been here a long time and we've handled just tons and tons of serious crimes, a lot of homicides and every single one of them have one thing in common: there is somebody out there who knows something that is valuable to that investigation and what this does is provide them yet another avenue to communicate that information with law enforcement,” said Sheriff Dick Meyers with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.
If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still text your tip by texting TIPWCSO and your tip to 847411.