When to Text the Police using 50411

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From textdoc via DC.gov:

“Text 50411Community members can now use their cell phones to anonymously text tips about serious or violent crimes to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Give 5-0 the 411 with the MPD’s Text Tip Line: 50411. Text messages are monitored by members of the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tips on serious or violent crimes will be investigated by members of the department. If you would like a police response for any incident, please call 911. All tips may also be directed to (202) 727-9099 and may be eligible for a reward.

Because the tip line is anonymous, the sender will not receive a response to the original message. The anonymous text tip line is not an emergency number. If you witness a crime in progress or have an emergency that requires the police, please call 911.”

3 Comment

  • Does anyone know if I should text this line if I hear gun shots, but don’t actually see anything?

  • I had originally been under the impression that 50411 was basically the text equivalent of calling 911. I don’t know whether that used to be the case and they’ve subsequently changed focus, but in any event MPD is now saying that 50411 is a tipline (for solving crimes that have already occurred) ONLY, and for everything else, you’re supposed to call 911.

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