Duluth police roll out Tip411, a new text service for tips

By KBJR News 1

December 19, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Duluth Police Department is rolling out a new tip service that will cost about $2,500 a year.

The money will come out of the police general fund budget. The service will allow people to send tips through texts.

Police are getting rid of their old tip service called 'I watch Duluth' because it was an app without a texting feature.

With today’s technology most people prefer to text a tip from their cell phones. The Tip 411 service is for when people see something that could be a problem but not a 9–1–1 emergency.

Police hope to receive tips related to drug activity, fugitives and basically anything people feel officers should be aware of.

"It makes things easier because we get the information, a lot more information than we normally would," Duluth Police Sergeant, Jayme Carlson, said.

Officers will receive the text and a phone number attached so they can respond back if needed, but no identifying data about the tipster is stored by Citizen Observer, preserving anonymity. Officers may also call to share what came of the tip, like if someone was caught.

To send a tip to the police by means of text message:
-Text the number 847411 (which stands for Tip411)
-Type in the key work 'DPDTIP'
-Write your tip
-Send the text message

Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com