June 15, 2007
Boston launches anonymous SMS "Crime Stoppers" hotline
In collaboration with the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department, Hill|Holliday, a communication agency, have announced the unveiling of an anonymous text message tip line for law enforcement in Boston. This is the first such initiative in the United States.
In a press conference held today, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis unveiled the major initiative to revitalize the city�s anonymous crime tip hotline.
The tip hotline program, called Crime Stoppers, is being enhanced by enabling citizens to text message an anonymous tip to police. In addition, the program will be promoted to Bostonians though a targeted pro bono advertising campaign. Boston is the first city in the nation to give it citizens the ability to submit an anonymous tip from their mobile phone via text messaging." Press release
Similar hotlines around the world:
-- The Netherlands Dutch police start SMS-alert service
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