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Colorado Springs Accepting Crime Tips Through Texts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Springs police unveiled a new initiative that allows people to anonymously send tips on criminal investigations through text messages.

The Colorado Springs police said Thursday that the text-messaging system will also let investigators to respond to tipsters with follow-up questions while maintaining the sender’s anonymity.

For example, someone can send police a message alerting them of a suspect’s whereabouts and the tip will be handled the same way it is with the CrimeStoppers program.

Police say the department is paying $5,400 for two years to have the program.

People can send tips by typing TIP411 on their phones and including “CSPD” in the body of the text.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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