“WCTIP” is a text-a-tip program funded by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health which allows community members to anonymously notify law enforcement about underage drinking and drug use. Users of “WCTIP” can submit information about underage drinking or illegal drug use via an anonymous text message, which triggers a live exchange with a police dispatcher. The dispatcher will ask for specifics about the location of the violation and the people involved, but the tipster’s name and telephone number will remain anonymous.
The “WCTIP” program is modeled after similar “etip” programs in use throughout Maine and the country. To use the service, tipsters send a text from any cell phone to: 274637 (CRIMES). Users must enter the keyword, “WCTIP” (in all upper case letters) at the beginning of their text message in order for it to be forwarded to the correct dispatch location. The text is first routed through a Canadian server, which, thanks to international communications regulations, allows it to remain encrypted and anonymous. The text is then forwarded through to the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC). The dispatcher will read and forward the tips to the proper agency – local or state police, fire department, forest service, or other agency.
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|In Washington County, the Agency ID or Keyword is: WCTIP|