MEDIA RELEASE Date: June 24, 2010
Lain announces New Community Safety Initiatives
VALPARAISO, IND.- The Porter County Sheriff’s Department is
launching The Porter County Alert Network, a new interactive way to
keep the community connected and informed through opt-in e-mail,
text message, Facebook and web published public safety alerts.
initiative will also allow the public to report suspicious
activities easily through the Tip411 anonymous text messaging code.
More details can be found about the code later in the press release.
persons, schools, community groups and businesses can sign up for
The Porter County Alert Network for free via a dedicated Web page
link on the Porter County Sheriff’s Department Web site;
portercountysheriff.com. Through this Web site, the Porter County
Sheriff’s Department will provide information to help maintain and
improve community safety.
Subscribers can sign up to receive alerts from the Police Department
via e-mail or as a text message to a cell phone. They can also opt
to receive neighborhood only or city wide alerts, as well as
surrounding city alerts that are on the Citizen Observer alert
component of this new technology is the Tip411 program. The program
will allow the public to submit anonymous tips to the Police
Department via text messaging. While this is not a replacement for
dialing 911 in an emergency, this technology will allow interested
persons to communicate potentially helpful information.
tipster simply texts ‘pctips’ to 847-411 (tip411) with their
message. When police receive the message, they can respond to the
tipster who will continue to remain anonymous. The Porter County
Sheriff’s Department has no way to access the identity of the
individual reporting the information. Citizens may also submit
anonymous web tips through the system at www.citizenobserver.com.
This program will be go into effect on July 1st.
questions about the Alert Network, please contact Lieutenant Eckert
at 219-477-3000, or go to our web site, portercountysheriff.com and
click on the CITEZEN OBSERVER link.
Lain will be hosting a community meeting to discuss this program and
introduce a neighborhood based safety initiative. The community
meeting will take place July 1st at 6 p.m. at Ivy Tech
College located at 3100 Ivy Tech Drive in Valparaiso.