METHUEN — The police department and Mayor Stephen Zanni are launching a new tip alert system to help improve public safety in the city.

The system, tip411, is an interactive way to keep the community connected and informed through email, text message and online public safety alerts. It will also allow the public to report crimes and other suspicious activity directly to police by sending anonymous text messages or submitting tips online or through the Methuen Police Department app.

“In a society where technology and media are so prominent in all aspects of our lives, we believe this new app will only help to increase our connection with our community members,” Chief Joseph Solomon said. “We have worked hard to notify, educate and respond to our citizens in all regards, and tip411 is another resource that helps facilitate this process.”

To use the system, residents can register to receive alerts from the police department via email or text message by signing up online. Or, they can download the Methuen Police Department app. It is through this app, developed by tip411, that residents can share anonymous tips with police and officers and respond back.

The app can be downloaded for free on the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store by searching for “Methuen PD App”

The public can also share information on crimes or other suspicious activity by sending a text message to 847411 (tip411) and including EYES4MPD and their message in the body of the text. Residents can share information online through the tip411 form on the police department's website, http://www.cityofmethuen.net/police-department, or on the department's Facebook page by clicking the “submit a tip” link.

In case of emergency, residents should still call 911 for immediate assistance.

School Committee candidate forums

NORTH ANDOVER — School Committee candidate forums continue this week ahead of the town election on Tuesday, March 28.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, a candidate forum will be held at the North Andover High School library. It is hosted by the high school's Parent Advisory Council.

Then at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, there will be a candidate forum hosted at the auditorium of the Edgewood Retirement Community.

There are four candidates running for two open seats on the School Committee. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day at the high school.

Open house at Town Hall

NORTH ANDOVER — The town will hold an open house to show off its newly renovated Town Hall.

Join town officials for the open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at Town Hall, 120 Main St., North Andover.

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