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Red Wing police partner with anonymity organization

The Red Wing Police Department has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to increase methods of communication citizens can use to pass on information about crimes or fugitives while remaining anonymous.

"The Red Wing Police Department encourages residents to contact the police department or their community policing officer assigned to their area of town, however, we realize that for a variety of reasons, some individuals may not feel safe in doing so; this is where our partnership with Crime Stoppers Minnesota provides a vital alternative," Chief of Police Roger Pohlman said.

By partnering with Crime Stoppers, Red Wing police are supporting additional ways that citizens can turn in information that may save thousands of dollars of investigators' time and speed the solving of cases, Crime Stoppers officials said in a released statement. Information that anyone may have about felony crimes and fugitives can be submitted using various methods of communications technology that also accommodate multiple languages.

"Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may use one of the four options to report information on a crime," Pohlman said.

People with knowledge about a crime or a fugitive in the Red Wing area can provide information to Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477); going online at their website; by texting on a cell phone TIP674, plus the message then sending it to CRIMES (274637); or by adding the free Submit a Tip APP to a smartphone. If the tip leads to a felony arrest, the tipster may qualify to receive a reward of up to $1,000 and still remain anonymous.