City Paper is not for tourists
Today, the D.C. Police Department unveiled its new crime tip line. It’s yet another number residents can call to alert the fuzz on various crimes.
This number is not to be confused with 311 or 411 or, hell, the phone number of your police district or the cellphone number of your neighborhood officer. It’s way more special.
Here’s what the press release says:
The Metropolitan Police Department now has a toll free crime tip line — 1-888-919-CRIME. The tip line will be staffed by detectives 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone who has information concerning a homicide, gangs, guns, or other violent offenses can call the anonymous tip line, and a detective will report all information. The toll-free number will also be displayed on L.E.D. boards in patrol cars throughout the District.
So feel sorry for the detectives stuck with crime telethon duty. Press release actually uses the word “innovative” to describe this latest gambit. Maybe this is where the innovative part comes in: You can also text-snitch!
“Give 5-0 the 4-1-1 with the new Text Tip Line: 50411,” explains the press release. Wow. Are the police really using “5-0” to describe themselves?