Updated: 10/16/2013 12:12 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
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Maplewood residents can now send anonymous tips to police officers and other city departments through a new text messaging system.
The Internet-based tool is called tip411 and allows staff members to reply back, creating a two-way anonymous conversation. City officials say the technology removes all identifying information so there’s no way to identify the sender.
Community members can send tips to the Maplewood Police Department by texting “Maplewood” and the tip information to 847411.
Police are reminding residents that tip411 isn’t a substitute for calling 911 because it’s not monitored on a 24/7 basis. Anyone in an emergency situation should always call 911.