Sheriff’s Office offers crime tip phone apps

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is expanding its options for residents to submit crime tips to iPhone and Android devices.

There are now free applications available for the smartphone users to download and send anonymous crime tips to the sheriff office, according to Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.

“When citizens get involved and provide crime tips, it helps keep their communities safer,” Stanek said. “Now the new phone apps make reporting tips even more convenient.”

Community members with iPhones can install the application at the Apple store by searching for HCSOTip.  For Android phones, go to Google Play and search HCSOTip.

Other search terms are Hennepin or Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

The office is also accepting crime tips by text message to 847-411. The tipsters should enter HCSOtip and then the information.

An online form is available for crime tips at

All three methods – the phone applications, text messages, and the online form – are anonymous and the tips are sent directly to the sheriff’s office. The information allows sheriff’s office detectives to ask follow-up questions to tipsters, who remain anonymous.

It’s important to remember that the new tip services are not a substitute for calling 911.  People who need a squad car or other emergency responders should call 911.

Helpful tips include information about drug activity, suspicious activity, and cold cases. The sheriff’s office has a long history of receiving tips from residents, including information used to find and arrest violent suspects featured on the Hennepin County Most Wanted List.

Citizen Observer, based in St. Paul, is providing the new tip services in partnership with the sheriff’s office.