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Sanford Police Department Offers Public Anonymous Text Tip LineTuesday, April 14, 2015
Sanford Police Department Offers Public Anonymous Text Tip Line
Sanford, Maine – The Sanford Police Department has partnered with Sanford Regional Communications Center to offer a service known as “Text-a-Tip,” that allows the public to anonymously submit information to the Police Department.
Sanford Police Chief Tom Connolly states: “Text-a-Tip will allow people to report any suspicious activity to the police. Additionally, people may send information about crimes that may happen, or crimes that happened in the past.”
“We are especially excited about how Text-a-Tip may help us to prevent or interdict underage drinking and drug use among one of our most vulnerable populations – our children. For example, we hope that someone who knows the location of an underage drinking party will use the anonymous Text-a-Tip service to alert the police,” said the Chief.
Chief Connolly notes that Text-a-Tip should not replace dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency. A tip submitted via text or online may not be viewed immediately; if you need immediate police service, or if you see a crime happening right now, dial 9-1-1.
The Text-a-Tip service allows a tipster and the investigator to have a two-way dialog while keeping the tipster's identity completely anonymous. When a tip is submitted it is routed to a server in Canada where it is stripped of its identifying information and assigned a temporary number. The information is then directed to the Sanford Police Department. Officers can respond by using the tip’s assigned number, but they cannot trace who sent the tip unless the person volunteers that information. Access to the tip line can be managed and any abuse will result in responsible parties being blocked from future use.
There are three ways to submit an anonymous tip: 1.) Text the keyword SANFORD and your tip to CRIMES (274637); 2.) Download the TipSubmit Mobile app on a smartphone and choose Sanford Police for your agency when you submit a tip; and 3.) Submit a tip online athttps://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1252
The service is funded by Maine’s Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program and is provided by Public Engines, a company dedicated to helping prevent, reduce, and solve crime with easy-to-use, cloud-based solutions that facilitate crime analysis, supply actionable intelligence, and increase public engagement. Users include over 600 Crime Stoppers Programs, law enforcement and government agencies such as the NYPD and the LAPD, nine of the ten largest metro areas in both the U.S. and Canada including Chicago, Houston, Toronto, and Vancouver, as well as the US Department of Homeland Security.
Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, as part of the organization’s Drug Free Communities initiative to prevent substance abuse among youth, worked with the police department to bring the service to Sanford. Strategies for a Stronger Sanford is a nonprofit organization working to ensure a strong future for the area by supporting children, youth and their families through fostering a shared community vision and promoting the development of a safe, healthy, and thriving community.
Drug take back programTuesday, April 7, 2015
HUMAN TRAFFICKING TAKES CENTER STAGE HERE IN MAINEThursday, January 8, 2015
Ride Recording artist, Steve Azar, who is nationally known for his hits like "I Don't Have To Be Me Til Monday," recently wrote a moving song that speaks to the topic of human trafficking. The song, The Sky is Falling, as well as the accompanying video, which was made by 18 year old, Mike Rodway, a student at Waynflete High School, was launched on Azar's Facebook page just this evening. This emotionally driven, yet hope-filled song will bring much needed awareness to this topic.
"Writing this song was quite difficult and it challenged me to the core," said Azar. "Human Trafficking is something we should all be aware of...hopefully I got it right. We need to turn those who have been led astray back to where there is love, hope, and life in their lives.”
One of the organizations that will benefit from the song and video is the Not Here Justice in Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit located in Auburn that is helping lead the fight against human trafficking. Auburn Police Chief, Phil Crowell said, “The title of the song is a true depiction of a victim of sex trafficking. In order for the cycle to be broken, the person being trafficked needs to have hope. As a community, we must stand ready to knock down the barriers of oppression and help the trafficked person in their journey to survival."
This issue will take center stage in Augusta on January 23rd when Governor Paul LePage will sign a proclamation declaring the week of January 29th as "Human Trafficking Awareness Week" in Maine.
View the video by clicking on the link below. To learn more about the Not Here Justice in Action organization, visit www.NotHere.me
AWARDS PRESNTED TO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISON AND OFFICERS DURING AWARDS CEREMONY TODAY:Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Meritorious Unit Commendation: Jan 2013 – Dec 2014
Presented to the Criminal Investigation Division for recognition of superior performance and dedication to the Department and the citizens of Sanford. During this time the division closed numerous felony cases to include: four commercial robberies, serious child abuse, kidnapping, arson, significant burglaries and thefts, and three high-profile drug and money seizures. Members receiving these awards were as follows:
Det. Sgt. Matthew Jones, Det. Eric Small, Det. Chad Allen, Det. Sarah Howe, Det. John Flewelling, Det. Rick Bucklin
Chiefs Award: Dec 14. 2014
Presented to Officer Everett Allen and Officer Eddie Murphy in recognition for life saving actions responding to a call for a possible suicide by drug overdose. CPR was performed on the unresponsive person until medical personnel arrived. Because of those action the person survived.
Chiefs Award: 2014
Presented to Ofc. Joseph Jourdain in recognition for outstanding compassion, kindness, and empathy toward a disabled, homeless, citizen suffering from mental health issues. At his own expense providing food, clothing, and a wheelchair to this man. He also spent many hours attempting to find him a safe living environment, allowing him to maintain a level of dignity.
Chiefs Awards: 2013-2014
Presented to Ofc. Jared Archambault in recognition of outstanding performance during the 2013-2014 years. During this time he arrested or summoned 368 people suspected of criminal activity to include a truly exceptional closure of a malicious mischief case where several victims had their property damaged.