Friday, December 10th, 2010

Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers recently underwent some changes to make the program more user-friendly and accessible to the public.

Sheriff Edward Rochford said CrimeStoppers is now using improved technology that includes allowing a person to anonymously text information about a crime. An online submission form is also now available on the CrimeStoppers newly designed Web site, www.CopCall.org.

It was felt the addition of anonymous texting would be a good way of reaching young people, Rochford said. Also added to the Web site is information about threats to schools and how to respond to gang activities, Rochford said.

Instructions on how to use the texting feature are on the Web site.

John Sette, CrimeStoppers chairman, said the Morris CrimeStoppers is also the first such program in the nation to be accepting tips on consumer fraud.

According to Sette, both text tips and online tips are now received directly at the county’s Communication Center, and urgent tips are immediately forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers was established in 1986 as a communication tool for citizens to anonymously provide information about criminal activity to law enforcement without direct involvement. Tips that lead to an arrest or an indictment entitle the information provider to a cash reward.

Individuals may also still phone tips in to 973-COP-CALL.