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Crime Stoppers set to realease new P3 app

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Posted at 12:58 PM, Sep 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-24 12:58:17-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Starting Monday, anonymous tipsters will have a new tool to submit information on unsolved crimes through a free app that can be downloaded on any smart phone or tablet.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers will be upgrading their software this weekend to a new program which will be more user friendly for people who have information on unsolved crimes or wanted fugitives.  The new app is called P3 – which stands for Public, Police and Private Sector – the three key elements that make the Crime Stoppers program work.  The free app can be downloaded through the App Store for iPhone products or Google Play for Android users using the search title of “P3 Tips.” 

Through this app, tipsters will have the option of either providing a new tip, updating a tip or simply calling the hotline with the touch of a screen.  

Another benefit to the new P3 app is that if tipsters are in an area outside of Southwest Florida, they can still easily find the closest Crime Stoppers program to where they are located and provide any information on suspicious or criminal activity.

“As technology evolves, so do we,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.  “We want to make the tip submission process as easy and user friendly as possible.  Through this new app, people who have critical information that they want to share anonymously will be able to do so with ease and without having to use a search engine to reach out to us.”

Although the P3 tip submission process is a new feature for Crime Stoppers, some things will remain the same – like the reward money.  Tips that lead to an arrest will still be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.