The Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers and the Springfield Police Department have worked together to initiate a new way to securely submit anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers through a program called "Text-A-Tip." Citizens now have the option to text confidential tips rather than calling them in. This is an innovative way to submit a tip and citizens can now choose which method works best for them – phone, web, or text.
“Creating another option for citizens to provide us with important crime information is a benefit for all. We recognize that a text can be more convenient than a phone call, and utilizing whatever method we can to help solve crimes will enhance our public safety mission," said Chief Paul Williams.
Submitting A Tip
Anyone with text messaging can simply text "417SPD plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES). Upon reception of a tipster’s first incoming message, the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing their unique Tip ID number. To submit follow-up information, the tipster simply replies to the confirmation text or they can send a new text with their Tip ID number within the text. Nothing else is needed. To cancel a tip, text STOP into the system at any time.