The Hancock County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced their new anonymous tip program, the first of its kind in the entire state.
It's called "Tip 411," and is an internet-based tool that lets the public to message an anonymous tip to the sheriff's office.
Deputies will be able to respond back creating a two-way anonymous chat online, through texting or smart phone apps.
Anyone with a cell phone can use the service by texting 847411 (tip411) as the recipient then compose a message with the word "HCSOWV" followed by a space and then the tip information.
Tips can also be submitted right to the Sheriff's Office directly on the website or Facebook page here.
For those who have Androids and iPhones, the app is available for free download online at the Google Play store and iTunes by searching "Hancock County Sheriff's Office," or by visiting the Sheriff's Office website here.
"We're proud to be part of a national program that benefits over 1000 communities around the country," said Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher. "This office has worked on this project for the last year to implement its use. Our office is taking on the expense of this program, $5,900 annually, so that this technology can be available to the public free of charge to help our citizens play an active role in keeping neighborhoods safer, engage people of all ages in the process and provide our officers with a valuable resource."