Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced Wednesday the implementation of a new cell phone application for residents to make anonymous tips to authorities.

To download the free app, go to the iTunes app store on an Apple phone or the Google Play store on an Android phone and search for “CMCSO Tips.”

The department already has an anonymous texting program for residents to send tips to officers by sending a text to 847411 (TIP411) and typing “cmcso,” without the quotation marks.

The department receives the texts without the number of the person who sent it.

With the new app, a tipster can just open the app and send a news tip, making the process easier and faster, Schaffer said.

Tips can also be sent anonymously through the department’s website,

Joel Landau

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.