Boston Starts “Text A Tip” Cell Phone Reporting Program


Anticrime tipsters now can tell Boston police what they know without saying a word by zipping off an anonymous text message on their cell phones. The Boston Herald describes it as a “first-in-the-nation effort to battle a street subculture that punishes ‘snitches.’ ” The text-only tip line, which starts today, comes just days after the brother of a man shot dead was jumped by reputed Latin King gang members who beat him as they screamed, “Stop talking to the cops!”

Police Commissioner Edward Davis said the department got the idea for the “Text A Tip” program from watching kids text-messaging each other at homicide scenes. “We knew that could be vital information,” Davis said. “Now there is a way for people to help police without putting themselves in danger.”


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