January 18, 2018

FMPD Launches New Crime-Fighting Services on Revamped Website

(FORT MYERS, FL) –The Fort Myers Police Department has a new, anonymous crime-fighting tool titled “tip411.” It enables the public to submit tips via a smartphone app, a text message or through the website. Citizens can log on at www.FMPolice.com then click on “Submit a Tip” to learn about the new program and/or download the app to their smartphone. 

“The new tip411 is an anonymous tip line designed to allow the public to report non-emergency criminal activity directly to the Fort Myers Police Department,” said Lt. William Musante of FMPD Support Operations. “When you use the tip411 system, you will be issued a randomly generated access code – Tipster ID. And then we are able to correspond with you using this Tipster ID; we never see your personal information,” he added.

The app technology and tip411 text a tip system removes all identifying information before police see the tips so there is no way to identify the sender. The app, the website and the system are not meant to take the place of an emergency call to 911, but will guarantee 100% anonymity to someone wishing to report a crime that occurred, a dangerous situation or suspicious activity. 

“It’s our duty to work to reduce crime and contribute to the safety of all in our community,” said Chief Derrick Diggs of the Fort Myers Police Department.  “We do this through collaboration with our residents, and believe tip411 will help us better engage community members of all ages and backgrounds to make Fort Myers a safer and more welcoming place for all.”

Residents without a smartphone will still be able to send anonymous tips via their cell phone by texting keyword FMPD and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411).  The app is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the Fort Myers Police Department website at www.FMPolice.com. Future developments will allow participants to sign up for important alerts from the FMPD by going to the website and the “How Do I…” pull down menu then click on “Sign Up for Alerts.”  The new department website is designed to offer user friendly access to many everyday requests from the public and expand community outreach and services.

Mitchell Haley
Public Information Officer
Fort Myers Police Department
2210 Widman Way
Fort Myers, Florida 33901