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Duluth police add smartphone app for anonymous tipsters

Duluth police on Thursday unveiled a new a tool to help citizens fight crime -- a smartphone app that allows mobile users to send anonymous tips to police.

The department officially launched its "DPDTIP" app, which is available on iPhones and Android devices.

"When citizens get involved and provide crime tips, it helps keep our community safe," Chief Gordon Ramsay said in a news release. "Now, the new phone apps make reporting tips even more convenient."

The free app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play by searching "DPDTIP." Tips are most helpful for drug cases, suspicious activity and cold cases, police said. The app allows officers to ask tipsters follow-up questions, while maintaining anonymity.

In addition to the app, anonymous tips also can be texted to 857411 with the keyword "DPDTIP" or submitted online at duluthmn.