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New app aims to streamline crime tips in Richmond County

Courtesy RPD

ROCKINGHAM — Law enforcement agencies in Richmond County are hoping new technology will help move crime reporting into the digital age.

The P3 Tips mobile app aims to “provide a more seamless and efficient way for students and community members to offer information to help solve and prevent crimes or other serious life-threatening matters,” according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Rockingham Police Department.

RPD — in collaboration with the Hamlet Police Department, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Richmond County Emergency Services — recently partnered with Texas-based Anderson Software to provide the app, the release states.

Chief George Gillenwater told the RO that Richmond County Crime Stoppers brought the idea for the app to the table and that it requires a financial commitment from each agency.

“This partnership allows Richmond County to foster a relationship between law enforcement and the public to proactively create a safer community,” according to the release.

In addition to traditional phone calls and the internet, Crime Stoppers will now be accepting tips through the P3 Tips app, which is available for both iPhone and Android users.


According to the release, anonymous tips submitted through the app won’t be limited by length and will allow tipsters to upload photos, video and documents. Tips can also be submitted at p3tips.com.

“Anderson Software’s sophisticated encryption processes obscure any and all identifying information and provide assured anonymity for tipsters,” according to the release.

Tipsters will be given a Tip ID and password where they can submit follow-up information, engage in two-way dialogue, be updated on the case and receive reward information, the release states.

Gillenwater said the app makes it a lot easier for tipsters to get paid anonymously.

The chief added the that school system already uses it and it will expedite the sharing of information.

The app goes live on June 1.


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