07/08/2013 12:00 pm ET Updated Jul 08, 2013

Chicago Police Using Twitter, Texting In Latest Efforts To Boost Community-Based Crime Fighting

In the city's latest efforts to fight crime and modernize the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy program, three districts are turning to Twitter.

Members of the community can now tweet or text anonymous crime tips, videos and photos to police, while officers will use Twitter to disseminate missing persons alerts, crime updates and other real-time alerts, according to the Associated Press.

Fox Chicago reports Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to announce the new changes to community policing program Monday, though the accounts are already up and running:

The pilot program is starting with three CAPS districts around the city:

Community members who aren't on Twitter can still send tips to police by notifying the 911 dispatcher who can send alerts to a tipster's phone enabling the caller to reply with a photo. NBC Chicago reports residents can also text anonymous tips to 274637 (CRIMES) using "CPD" in the message.

After a staggeringly violent holiday weekend in which 12 people were killed and dozens more injured, police say tips from witnesses led to an arrest in the shooting incident that injured two adults and a 5-year-old boy.

Additionally, the Chicago Police Department's website is getting a more user-friendly upgrade, according to ABC Chicago. Changes to will be announced Monday.



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