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Have Any Crime Tips? Now You Can Text Them to Police

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Now you can text tips to the Springfield Police.

The Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers and the Springfield Police Department have implemented a new program that allows citizens to send confidential tips via text message. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, the “Text-A-Tip” program gives Springfield residents another convenient and secure option of reporting tips.

After texting “417SPD” plus a message to 274637, or CRIMES, the tip sender will receive an auto-reply confirmation containing a unique Tip ID number. To submit follow up information, the sender either replies to the confirmation text, or they can send a new text with their Tip ID number.

Officer Pam Gianopulos is the Crime Stoppers Coordinator with the Springfield Police Department. She says those who text tips can receive a reward if that tip leads to a felony conviction, just like with other tip reporting procedures. So how will the police weed out false text tips?

“That’s why we do research on every tip that comes in, to see if there’s anything to support the tip where there needs to be further investigation,” Gianopulos said.

Gianopulos says the “Text-A-Tip” program, like all tip hotlines, is for non-emergency information only, and does not replace 9-1-1.

Click here for more information on the “Text-A-Tip” program.