Western New Yorkers have a new way to submit crime tips to police.
Following a surge in tips from the public since the organization launched an initiative on opioid dealers in March, Crime Stoppers Buffalo on Thursday unveiled a new "Buffalo Tips" app, which is available for free for Apple and Android devices.
Crime Stoppers Buffalo, which works with law enforcement in the eight counties of Western New York and offers rewards for information leading to an arrest or conviction, says tipsters may stay anonymous, as they do presently. The organization also will still accept tips by phone at 716-867-6161.
The new app allows for law enforcement officials to have follow-up messages, if the users of the app choose to, said Kevin Hoffman, chairman of Crime Stoppers Buffalo.