POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 4:50am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 9:35am
ASCENSION PARISH, La (NBC33) — It’s a tool to help fight crime and it's in the palm of your hands. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has a brand new way to get people to help them find the bad guys .
They have used an anonymous text message tip system for a few years now, but just recently, that text company offered something they decided to jump on, fast. It’s a tip off App that basically gives people the tools to help stop crime and find the bad guys. Locals say this is a great way to get the community involved.
"It’s a problem everywhere, it's just the way this world is today," said Ascension Parish resident, Tony Templet.
Templet isn’t oblivious to the world around him. He knows violence and crime is inevitable, especially in Ascension Parish.
"I think it will help cut down on crime - that's the main thing they need to do," noted Templet.
He thinks the new Ascension tip app called tip 411 is a great way to get the community to be a part of the solution.
"We know with the younger population one of their primary methods of communication is text messages - it's not picking up the phone it's texting," said Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy, Tony Bacala.
Like teenager Demontrey Jacobs, he says, as long as no one knows it was him, he is glad to help.
"I guess it will help a little bit because people don't want to be snitches or whatever," stated Jacobs.
All you have to do is type in Ascension Sheriff, press install and it will download to your iPhone or Android in seconds.
"You don’t have to sign up and you don’t have to put your name on it," noted Chief Deputy Bacala.
Just text the info and it will get sent in email form to the office, but your conversation will read as text messages.
Templet says other people, like him, may even start using this new tip 411 app.
"It would be very good especially anonymous because most people don't want to get involved and if it's kept that way I am sure it would work out pretty well," said Templet.
The Sheriff wants to reiterate that the messages are not monitored 24-7 so if your message is urgent, or there's an emergency, call 911.