Cedar Park Police reveal a new way citizens can help them fight crime

When a crime happens, every second counts. Cedar Park Police have unveiled a new way to not only save lives, but give citizens the chance to help.

These days you can find an app for just about anything, even for helping police catch the bad guys.

Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix and his department unveiled their new CPPD Tips app.

This is just one of the four new electronic ways to send an anonymous tip to the police. Darla McClure frequents the area and says the app is a great way to pitch in to help officers.

"I think it's a great idea, I'm someone who---when I see something or know something, I do call 311 and it takes a bit to get to the person who needs to hear it. An app would be a better situation," said McClure.

"We depend on our citizens to be our eyes and ears, they act as a force multiplier," said Mannix.

For those who don't want the app, you can send crime tips via text message to 847-411, with the keyword "Cedar Park." You can also log onto their Tip 411 site and submit an electronic form. Lastly you can go to the Cedar Park Police Department Facebook page to see what's happening, right in your neighborhood.

Mannix says all too often, they hear about a crime when it's just too late.

"We'd rather get the information in real time. People can say "yes I'm seeing this, I don't think that person belongs at my neighbor's house," said Mannix.

Darla Mcclure says she loves her job as a nanny, and this new system gives her peace of mind, knowing if something happened, the children she takes care of can be rescued in a timely manner.

"There are moments where you don't have the time to sit down and make a whole discussion about what's going on, but you do want to send in information about what's going on," said McClure.

The app cost the department $8,400.

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