Warwick police launches app to ‘help fight crime’

This is a file photo of the Warwick Police Department. (WLNE)

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — Warwick police on Thursday launched an app to “help fight crime.”

The “WarwickPD” app, which was developed by tip411, allows residents to connect with police and share anonymous tips.

Police said the app is 100% anonymous. Tips will be received by an on-duty dispatcher, which then allows them to create an anonymous two-way conversation with the sender.

As for identifying information, police said the app completely removes that information before tips are seen, adding that there’s “no way to identify the sender.”

Capt. Hart Robert said the “tip will either result in having an officer immediately dispatched or the tip will be forward to the appropriate specialty division in the department for follow-up.”

Robert said this isn’t a replacement for 911.

Residents without smartphones, police said, can send an anonymous tip through text by texting “WarwickPD” with their message to 847411 (tip411).

The “WarwickPD” app can be downloaded on Apple or Google.

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