Citizen tips are often a valuable source of information for the Jackson Police Department as they investigate crimes. However, given the cultural stigma surrounding “snitching” in some communities, citizens are not always willing to offer tips for fear of being labeled as a “snitch”, and being retaliated against. We aimed to provide an anonymous electronic tip submission system that allows citizens to text the JPD using their cell phones.
We built a cloud based platform that the citizens can text to anonymously. Our solution runs on a web server, and strips the phone number from all incoming texts, relaying only the text message itself to the police. This offers citizens a simple method to contact the JPD, while allowing them to remain unidentified within their community.