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Kentucky State Police Start Program Encouraging Texting Tips
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 2, 2012 11:11 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 2, 2012 2:08 PM EDT
Frankfort, Franklin , Kentucky
Kentucky State Police are always looking for tips to help solve crimes. Now they are asking citizens to let their cell phones texts do the talking.
State Police said in the “Text A Tip” program residents can make confidential tips by sending a text from their cell phone. The program is designed to report criminal activity, assist with neighborhood watch and serve as an additional resource for schools and college campuses, according to a news release from State Police.
Under the program, anyone with texting capabilities from personal electronic devices can simply text 67283 in the address field, then type KSPTIP in the message field, leave a space and then enter information about a crime. If your tip went through successfully, you will receive an instant confirmation text on your phone.
State Police said Web-based and phone tip lines have been around a while, but have the disadvantage of a perpetrator overhearing the person on the phone or they required Internet access.
The “Text a Tip” program is operational 24 Hours a Day / 7 Days a Week and is received and monitored by the Kentucky State Police Communications Center. KSP openly solicits information from citizens on any type of crime occurring but encourages citizens to call “911” if the crime is in-progress or there is an emergency.
Detailed instructions of the program can be found on the Kentucky State Police website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/pdf/text_a_tip_sheet.pdf.
For more information about the “Text a Tip” program please contact the Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Branch at (502) 782-1780.
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