Texting is a big part of how a lot of people communicate and Madison Police want to be in on the action.
The Text to Protect program initially started in the city's schools, but the Madison Police Department wants the public to know this program is open to everyone in the community.
Text to Protect is easy, confidential, and helps crack cases.
“It allows us to communicate with people who otherwise may not ever speak to a police officer,” says Madison Police Captain John Stringer. “We’d like people to know is that if we get a text about something, we’re going to look at it no matter what. We’re not too busy."
Capt. Stringer says tips via text lead to real results.
“Someone who sees something that is unusual in their neighborhood, they are the best person to know what belongs and what does not belong,” says Stringer.
Even though the program is thriving, several members of the Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Connect Class 15 stepped in to help even more.
"We looked across the country and had to piggy back on what other people are doing,” says group member Leo Gilliland. “Madison is a great city and they are always looking for opportunities to do that sort of thing."
Gilliland says their group brainstormed ideas and found an affordable software that will help the Madison Police Department expand the text to protect program to receive, categorize and store text tips.
“Hopefully, this is going to take it to the next level,” says Gilliland.
The Text to Protect tip number is (256) 604-2345.
Police suggest saving the number in your cell phone, that way if you need it, you already have it ready to go.