D.C. police use texts as latest anti-crime tool

11/3/2008 | Washington Post, The

Police in Washington have begun sending text messages to residents as part of a new system designed to inform them more quickly after a crime has occurred and seek their assistance. Called D.C. Police Alert, the system -- which also works via e-mail -- sends texts that feature a short description of the incident as well as suspects and asks recipients to call 911 with any information about the crime.

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