Abbeville Police launch app and website for anonymous tips

Local

ABBEVILLE, LA — “People are scared for real”, Joe Reid told me from his Abbeville home.

There’s a problem in the city. Witnesses of violent crime are being threatened if they tip off the police.

“They do not care”, Reid said. “They don’t care who’s living. Next thing you know, ‘Oh, you talking? Yes, I’m talking. Boom, boom, boom, boom!”

But the Abbeville Police Department released a new app and website, Friday. Tips 411 allows anyone to submit tips anonymously. The third-party site encrypts the identity of whoever sends tips, so officers can’t find out who’s giving tips even if they wanted to.

Chief William Spearman hopes the modern technology will translate into more participation, “Everybody has a text message. Everybody has some kind of web page. I feel that this is going give people a chance to send us things without people knowing what they sent it to us and that this going have a big impact on crime”.

Chief Spearman says his department researched and saved for this resource for a long time. Tips 411 is used across the country, and in its first day, Abbeville Police have already received a dozen tips.

“If you have information please, we need that information”, pleaded Chief Spearman. “We’ll investigate it, and you will remain anonymous”.

Reid thinks the anonymity has the potential to be a game-changer. “If they knew that. That it would remain anonymous, they’d probably get that”, he said.

Reid believes it’s a good move, but thinks the best thing police can do to deter crime is patrol, “If can help anything to do with the community and keeping the community safe, I’ll be all for it”.

The free app isn’t only for submitting tips. It can also give alerts for school lockdowns, closed roads, community events, and more.

The app will soon have an officer directory, so if any citizen wants to communicate with a specific detective, they can contact the one they want.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Clear

Abbeville

43°F Clear Feels like 41°
Wind
5 mph NNW
Humidity
70%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mainly clear skies. Low 33F. Winds light and variable.
35°F Mainly clear skies. Low 33F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
7 mph NNW
Precip
10%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Clear

Crowley

46°F Clear Feels like 46°
Wind
3 mph N
Humidity
79%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Clear skies. Low 33F. Winds light and variable.
35°F Clear skies. Low 33F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
7 mph NNW
Precip
10%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Clear

Opelousas

44°F Clear Feels like 42°
Wind
5 mph N
Humidity
63%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Mostly clear. Low 32F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
35°F Mostly clear. Low 32F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
7 mph NNW
Precip
10%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Clear

Breaux Bridge

47°F Clear Feels like 44°
Wind
7 mph N
Humidity
61%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Clear skies. Low 33F. Winds light and variable.
35°F Clear skies. Low 33F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
7 mph NNW
Precip
10%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Clear

New Iberia

46°F Clear Feels like 43°
Wind
6 mph N
Humidity
71%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Partly cloudy. Low 36F. Winds light and variable.
34°F Partly cloudy. Low 36F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
3 mph N
Precip
0%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous

Local News

More Local

Sidebar

Trending Stories