Law enforcement using new technology to receive tips

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Law enforcement agencies across the country are making it easier for you to send them tips.

The United States Marshal Service has begun using a new app that will give people a quicker way to get their tips into their system.

Kansas U.S. Marshal Ronald Miller said it's important for law enforcement to adapt to the new technologies.

"The government comes to these things a little later, because they have to be a little more careful about what they're doing and follow procedures,” Miller said. “It’s very important that they get on board with this technology and police departments and various social media is almost a requirement going forward."

The USMS Tips app will replace the email address the marshal service was using to receive tips online.

It's not just the U.S. Marshal who is adopting mobile tip services. Shawnee County Crime Stoppers started using P3 tips, an online and mobile app reporting system, at the beginning of 2018.

"We’ve actually seen almost 100 more tips since its implementation in comparison to 2017 when we didn’t have this system,” Gretchen Koenen, Shawnee County Crime Stoppers Board Member, said. “We feel that this really has allowed Shawnee County Crime Stoppers to really get with the 21st century."

The user friendly interface allows you to message back and forth with Crime Stoppers instantly.

"We encourage people to use any one of our platforms whether it’s calling in or using our mobile app feature,” Koenen said. “Any sort of information can help us lead to an arrest and you really can play a vital role in keeping our communities safe."

Since using the app Crime Stoppers has seen reward payments increase from just over $1,000 in 2017 to nearly $9,000 in 2018.