The Albany Police Department has just started an anonymous text tip line for you to get them information quicker while remaining out of the spot light.

The service is called "Tip411" and is an easy way for you as a citizen to get information to the Police fast.  All you need to do is text "APDTips" along the information you have to 847411.  Once they receive the information from you a detective can respond back promptly all the while you remain anonymous.

This seems like a great tool to help people and the police to get on the same page.  Texting seems to be the quickest way to get a hold of someone now  a days and why not the police too?  Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff said:

This program enables citizens, who otherwise might be reluctant to contact police or provide information to communicate anonymously through a text message. It continues our effort to strengthen our relationships with the community who want to rid their neighborhoods of crime.