A closer look at SLMPD's app aimed at fighting crime in the city - KMOV.com

A closer look at SLMPD's app aimed at fighting crime in the city

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

It has been about four months since the St. Louis Police Metropolitan Department launched its crime app, which allows users to send tips to officers around the clock.

"There's a lot of people using it a lot of people are talking about it. We have had over 1200 tips directly," says Captain Angela Coonce. 

With the app, you can take pictures and even video of situations you think police need to know about.

"We are getting a lot of tips for suspicious activity, especially involving drug sales where the citizens feel comfortable to take a picture of what is going on and send it to us. Instead of having police come out sometimes, they don't feel as comfortable doing that," says Coonce. 

When you submit a tip, it goes straight to detectives who immediately decide how to handle it.

"If something comes in and we say that should have been a 911 call, detectives call the communication center and get a car out there immediately. We are following up on those tips immediately and making sure they get in the hands of the right people," says Coonce. 

Since the app launched in May, suspicious activity, noise and drugs are the top complaints.

  • Suspicious activity: 506
  • Noise complaints: 293
  • Drugs: 185
  • Panhandling: 165
  • Weapons: 77

When it comes to the tips, any information helps.

"You don't know what could have happened before or after you saw that event but we know, so let us know because we do know and we use that info to put all those pieces together," says Coonce. 

Of course the app doesn't replace calling 911. If you see something go on that needs immediate police help, 911 should be your first go to.

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