New app helping local police solve crimes

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Crime Solvers in Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights are unveiling a new app to help solve crimes.

Just last week the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers program launched “P3.” It’s an app that people can use to anonymously report crimes.

8News has long shared with you how to call or text tips to Crime Solvers to report a crime, but now this app still allows you remain anonymous and report any crime in Chesterfield or Colonial Heights. Police say in the first week, more people per day are using it than they ever did through the texting system.

“There are different ways now that people are communicating and connecting with businesses or non-profits, and that is by way of app,” said Kevin Bacon with the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers.

So, to keep up police now also utilizing this app that can help solve the crime.

“One touch easy, once they click on the app, the P3 app, they will be able to select the jurisdiction they want to leave the tip for, so whoever is using P3 they will be able to submit it,” Bacon explained.

This will replace the ability to send a text message with tips. Police say that method worked, but the tipster had to remember the proper phone number to text and then the jurisdiction code just to ensure the message was received. This new app gets rid of all of that and still protects the tipsters identity.

“We absolutely would not switch to any tip taking application unless we knew we could guarantee the same level of anonymity as we have had before,” Bacon said.

The app is already paying off. In the one week since it launched, it is already bringing in more tips.

“Already we have been receiving at least several tips a day,” Bacon said. “And so several tips a day when we were comparing that to maybe a web tip a day, maybe one web tip a day, a text tip maybe every couple of weeks.”

Right now, Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers is the only jurisdiction in our area using the app but soon others may be joining.

It is important to note while the texting option will be going away, tipsters can still call their tip in or go online.

To download the app on your phone or tablet click here.

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