Buffalo Police Officer Angie Lloyd addressed those gathered at the Chamber Luncheon on Wednesday to explain the department's Texting Tip Line. Aaron Palmer brings us the report.
In essence, it is an anonymous way for community members to inform authorities of something that needs to be looked into, whether it is a drunk driver, illegal drugs, domestic violence, weapons, bullying or to report that someone may be thinking about suicide.
Lloyd said since it was introduced into the community, it has mainly focused on school-age kids, but it is intended to be used by anyone and everyone aware of a serious situation.
Lloyd again said those using the system remain anonymous and that is why the system works. People may have a problem reporting a friend or relative in a conventional way, even though they know it is in their best interest to do so, but are hesitant because they don't want to appear to be a “rat” or a “tattletale.” The Texting Tip Line makes it easier to get help to those that need it, she said.
To use the system, text “JCSO” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). But remember, Lloyd told the crowd, if you have an emergency, dial 911.
From the Johnson County News Desk, this is Aaron Palmer with sheridanmedia.com news.
Also at the Chamber Luncheon was Buffalo Police Sgt. Jason Carder who updated those in attendance of the department's ongoing TIPS training for employers and employees of drinking establishments for alcohol awareness and compliance efforts to curb underage drinking in the community.
Carder said when the program started two years ago, an underage person was hired by the department to buy alcohol in an undercover operation. Alcohol was sold in 13 of 16 establishments in the community. That, he said, was an eye-opener for the department.
Since then, fines and mandatory classes for alcohol servers have significantly reduced the number of underage persons being served or sold alcohol. Carder did say the department will know how well the training has gone in the near future, as they will be conducting more undercover work for ID checks and selling of alcohol to minors.