News Review
Franklin Police Department Wins National Award for Text Tip Program
Department Honored for Dedication to Excellence and Community Partnerships
Posted Date: 5/19/2010 8:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Officer Eric C. Johnson
Public Information Officer
615.428.4477 Direct
ejohnson@franklintn.gov 

TIP 411Franklin, TN – The Franklin Police Department recently received the Award for Excellence in ‘Media Event’ for the media event held to roll out its anonymous text tip program on 03/11/2009. The award was announced on 05/17/2010 at The National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) banquet held in Bethesda, Maryland as part of their Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards Competition. The competition salutes superior communications efforts of government agencies and recognizes people who create them. The Franklin Police Department’s presentation to students at Franklin High School was one of 29 winning entries by a county or city government agency. The Franklin Police Department was one of only two police agencies in the country that received an award at the ceremony. “It is a distinct honor to win a national award such as this,” said Chief of Police Jackie Moore. “I am very proud of Sergeant Charles Warner who has helped make this program a success in our community.”

In March of 2009, the Franklin Police Department began receiving anonymous tips in the form of text messages. The program allows anyone with a cell phone to text tips to the Franklin Police Department anonymously. Part of the Department’s initiative was to encourage the community’s young people, especially students in schools, to report information about criminal activity in a very proactive way while having the opportunity to remain anonymous. The Franklin Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in Tennessee to offer this system.

To send an anonymous tip to Franklin Police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411).

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