Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced some additions to the CAPS program Monday.
The new strategies include methods for citizens to contact police, boosting the key role residents play in solving crimes.
McCarthy said thee is a pilot Twitter program, online beat meetings and a way to send photos to 911.
Residents also can send tips about crimes to police anonymously with Text to Tip. Enter the word “crimes” or 274637 in the “to” line of your text. In the message box type the word “CPD”, a space and then your crime tip information. Finally, send the text message. Anyone submitting a tip will receive an automatic reply message, though your identity will not be sent to Chicago police. Text to Tip does not replace 911 for emergencies.
The changes follow a weekend that brought Chicago to 200 homicides so far this year.
Police say the numbers of homicides are down compared to this time last year, but the numbers usually spike during the month of July.