TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody held a press conference at her Tampa office on Thursday to announce new efforts to boost community involvement in helping to solve crimes.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, as well as members of the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers and the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association were in attendance.
Moody asked convenience store owners across the state to help fight crime with the introduction of a new Florida Crime Stoppers app, where people can report crime tips anonymously that will be fed to the correct law enforcement agency.
Stickers with information on the statewide crime-stopping program will be displayed in approximately 7,000 gas stations and convenience stores across the state, according to a news release from Moody’s office. **TIPS is the first-of-its-kind statewide phone number that allows individuals to reach the local Crime Stoppers agency from anywhere in Florida.
Chronister said that getting the tips to the right agency quickly can make the difference in solving the crime.
You can watch the event in the video player above.