The Chicago Police Department has initiated a new program asking the public to send them crime tips via twitter and text messaging.

Citizens can even call 911 and tell the dispatcher they have a photo they’d like to send.

They’ll be sent a text message, and can reply with the photo.

From NBC Chicago:

Police stress they don’t want anyone to put themselves in danger to take a picture, but if they have one it can be helpful.

Police also remind residents that tips sent via text to 274637 (CRIMES) will remain anonymous. In the message, type “CPD” then your crime tip information. That info will be shared without your identity.

“We all have a role to play,” McCarthy said, “and these features will provide accessible ways for the people of Chicago to connect with the police, give us information about crimes that are happening, help us solved crimes that have happened in the past and prevent crimes from happening in the future.”

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