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August 24, 2007
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Text tipsters get Boston police the message

The Text a Tip line  battles a street culture that punishes "snitching" 

By Michele McPhee
The Boston Herald 

BOSTON, Mass. — Boston cops' anonymous text-message tip line has busted at least two murder suspects and popped up hot leads in other high-profile homicides including the shooting of 8-year-old Liquarry Jefferson in the two months since the first-in-the nation program was unveiled, the Herald has learned. 
 
"It has performed beyond our wildest expectations. We had no idea it was going to work as well as it has," Boston police Commission Edward Davis said yesterday. "It's a great method by which the community can talk to us without fear of retaliation." 
 
Anonymous tipsters have tapped out some 230 text messages to the Boston Crime Stoppers unit since the line opened June 15, the BPD said. By comparison, the unit averages a paltry 10 phone calls from tipsters a month. 
 

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