Duluth Police: Text Us Tips

Updated: 12/18/2013 10:42 PM
Created: 12/18/2013 4:34 PM

You see people everywhere you go, on their smartphones. "90% of Americans have a cell phone these days," said Sgt. Jayme Carlson, from the Duluth Police Department.

Texting has become a major form of communication. And the department realized this is a tool that they could use. So they've launched the national tip411 anonymous texting program.

It means you can text the word DPDTIP and your tip, to tip411. A crime analyst with the Duluth Police receives the tip, and will check back with you. Sometimes they'll ask for more information, but you don't have to give more than you want.

The whole process keeps the tipster anonymous. "That's important because some people don't like to call 9-1-1, because their information actually shows up at the dispatch center," Carlson added.

This texting program is not for emergencies. You should still call 9-1-1 for that.

But it can be for suspicions you have like, "My neighbor is dealings drugs." Adding this means more eyes and ears for law enforcement. "People sometimes see things we don't normally see, and that can be very valuable to us."

The department will be adding an app where you can send in tips as well, sometime in the new year.

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