Louisville Metro Police tip and text line well received by community
The quick arrest of James Holman in Louisville's latest murder was in part due to a tip to the an anonymous police tipline 574-LMPD. Information, is what police are after, and as quickly as possible after arriving at a crime scene.
"That's what a lot of people are using to communicate, is text messaging, so when we initiated our 574-LMPD anonymous tip line, adding text messaging was the next natural route to go," said lt. Chris Gay, with Louisville Metro Police.
The department started utilizing text messages for tips, about four months ago. They have been averaging 20 text messages a month, compared to 2500 a month with the 574-LMPD call in line.
With the text messaging, the caller types in "tip563" on the text screen and in the body of the text, you type your tip. The tipster then calls "crimes" or 274-637.
The text is then routed to the citizen observer website where the number is scrambled, the text is stored, and the tipster's phone number is blocked.
"We forward that tip to one of the investigative units, say for instance fourth division or narcotics bureau, they investigate it and send that information back to us, whether they were able to substantiate that complaint or whether they were able to close that complaint," said Gay.
With the phone calls and text messaging, police don't ask for names, phone numbers, no caller id, no phone calls are recorded.
"From time to time, you do get a caller that want's to give you their name and want's some feedback, and so we try to accommodate that," said Gay.
Metro police say they made 59 arrests last month, thanks to tips, using both systems.