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Text a Tip

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Text a Tip

The Santa Cruz Police department has added the TipSoft program to allow two way tip texting.  You can even text photos.  You can text via smart phone or SMS messaging.  For smartphones, you have two options:

  1. Download the free TipSubmit app from Public Engines. For iPhone and iPad click here. For Droid click here.
  2. Download the free Santa Cruz Police Department app and begin enjoying all the features including tip texting.   For iPhone and iPad click here. For Droid click here.

While you are at it, download our CrimeReports app to keep up with all the police activity in your neighborhood.  

SMS Texting

To text a crime tip to Santa Cruz Police, simply follow these instructions:

  1. Text "TIPSCPD plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES)
  2. To cancel, text STOP to 274637
  3. For Help, text HELP to 274637

Standard message and data rates may apply.   Upon receipt of your first incoming message, the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing your unique Tip Alias.

To submit any follow up information simply reply.  Nothing else is needed.  

The tip line is only monitored during weekday business hours; if you would like a Police response please call Non-Emergency Dispatch at 831-471-1131.