Police and E.T.H.S. Team Up to Promote Text-a-Tip Program

Posted on Thursday Feb 02, 2012

Today, February 2nd, the Text – A – Tip campaign kicked off at Evanston Township High School encouraging students to use Text – A – Tip to report illegal activity or information on crimes occurring in an around the school campus and throughout the City of Evanston. This event was coordinated through the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Group.

The Evanston Police Department fully supports this Text – A – Tip program with E.T.H.S. and wants not only students of E.T.H.S. to utilize this program, but also all citizens of Evanston that have the availability of a cell phone. The Text-A-Tip program allows for anonymous tips to police or E.T.H.S. safety for students via their cell phone.

Tips regarding criminal offenses that have occurred or that may be planned, can be sent to the Evanston Police Department by texting the number 274637 which spells out the word CRIMES on their cell phone. Then adding the word EPDTIP in the message line followed by as much detailed information as possible about the crime. Remember, that this is completely anonymous and a third party carrier handles the information before it reaches the police or E.T.H.S. safety. This is to ensure that tipsters remain anonymous and also allows for texting conversations to occur between police and the tipster if necessary, but the tipster’s anonymity always remains intact.

For Evanston Township High School Students and Faculty that are utilizing this program to communicate anonymously with high school safety personnel, information can be text to the same number 274637 and in the message line put ETHS and then provide the detailed information.

This program is an important tool to assist the high school safety department and police to ensure a safer community for all of Evanston. The Text – A- Tip program can be used 24 hours a day & 365 days a year. This program is not meant to be used for emergencies. All emergencies should be reported by calling 911. Persons calling 911 do not have to leave a name with police.

Further information on the police department’s Text – A – Tip program is available at the following city webpage: http://cityofevanston.org/police/text-a-tip/