The Elizabethton (TN) Police Department has launched a new smartphone app allowing residents to view alerts and submit anonymous tips to the agency.

"Preventing crime is our first operational priority as we work from a community-based philosophy of policing," Chief of Police Jason Shaw told WJHL-TV.

"Working together, we are more likely to make lasting improvements in our quality of life and I believe the new Elizabethton PD app from tip411 will help make it safer and easier for residents to share information with us to increase safety in our community," he said.