In that instance, the
Someone out there recognized the duo, a man and a woman, and contacted police. Through that citizen alertness and willingness to become involved, police were able to make a positive identification of both suspects.
And this week, a new way for the public to become involved in helping authorities crack down on illegal behavior was announced.
In this case, the public are those who attend
Students can download the TipNow app from any app store, select the Sauk "campus," and then relay information via email, text or voice. Video or photos can also be attached to the tips.
The tips go to the app's creator,
The SVCC security team has the ability to contact the tipster for additional information, again without compromising the tipster's identity.
After 3 days, the tip is purged from the system, which provides further protection.
The use of text messages to provide tips about such activities as bullying, hazing, stalking, noisy parties, vandalism, cheating in class, social media abuse, and even school shootings looks to be an important tool to increase security at SVCC.
It's also a tool that young people might be much more likely to use, as they are very comfortable sending text messages, tweets, and so forth.
The service costs the college about
We encourage the students who attend SVCC, and the adults who work there, to download TipNow, become familiar with it, and be prepared to use it.
The more eyes and ears that are on watch for "crimes and misconducts," the better.
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