The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Healthy Acadia to launch a new mobile app, WashingtonCo Sheriff, which allows residents of Washington County to anonymously notify law enforcement about underage drinking and illegal drug use.

Users of WashingtonCo Sheriff can submit tips directly from their smartphone via an anonymous text.  Tipsters are encouraged to provide specifics about the location of the violation and the people involved if possible - the tipster’s name and telephone number will remain completely anonymous.

The WashingtonCo Sheriff app is available for both iPhone and Android users and can be downloaded for free via the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

Residents in Washington County without a smartphone may still send an anonymous tip via text message to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office by texting the keyword WCSO and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411) from their cell phone. Those without access to a cell phone may submit an anonymous tip online using the form found here

Links to the iPhone and Android mobile app downloads and the anonymous tip web form can also be accessed via Healthy Acadia’s website.

Though WashingtonCo Sheriff focuses on underage drinking and substance use, it may be used to report any kind of criminal or unsafe (non-emergency) activity. “The service [WashingtonCo Sheriff] is not a substitute for 911 and should never be used for emergencies or immediately life-threatening situations,” cautioned Josh Rolfe, Deputy Director and Operations Supervisor of the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC). “In some cases, tip submissions may not be received until the following day. In case of emergency, dial 911.”

For tip submissions requiring an immediate response, please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 207-255-4422 or your local police department.