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     Cutting down on crime and connecting to the community. Davenport police is one of several local agencies to launch a mobile app in the last year. Officials say they are so far happy with the response especially when it comes to anonymous tips.

     Sending an anonymous tip is the main function on the "Do What's Right" app. DPD has received 175 tips so far, some that have led to an arrest, or prevented someone from harming themselves. There's also been a surge in downloads of the app since demonstrating how it can be used last week at the suicide prevention meeting at Davenport North High School. Officials say it's become another way for people to connect with police and, in some cases, do so more comfortably.

     There have been about 1,671 downloads so far for the "Do What's Right" app. About 300 of them are within the last week. Police officials say there have been several times recently where the public has turned to it to assist them.

     "We actually put out some information about a shots fired last week near Central High School and actually got good information back from area people," said Owen Farrell, Davenport Police VIPS Coordinator.

     Another was an anonymous tip alerting police of a potentially suicidal person. The tipster gave only the name and phone number of that person, then through some legwork officers were able to locate him.

      "He did have a loaded firearm in his front seat of his car no doubt about it there would have been homicide that night or a suicide," said Lt. Brett Morgan.

      The only information required is the type of offense. In 1.3 seconds the tip reaches the police department after first going through a server in canada where anonymous tipping is federally protected and cannot be subpoenaed.

     "No matter how you do it the information is scrubbed away. Your phone number, IP address, your carrier, everything is taken off of it," added Farrell.

     It comes to the station with only a tipster I.D. Number, which an officer can respond to and seek additional information. It's all up to the person on the other end to continue the conversation. Either way something is done with every tip whether it's by Davenport Police or a partnering agency.

     "We're trying to save something bad from happening. Someone knows about someone wanting to hurt themselves that's not a snitch, therefore hence the name, "Do the Right Thing," added Lt. Morgan.

    While police say it's not a replacement for calling 911, the app is getting in line with times where it can be more comfortable connecting this way.

      The app can also be utilized to check out crime maps in your area. The Davenport Police Department also sends push notifications on things like traffic detours or missing people.
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