We are proud to say that this program has saved the lives of 13 students in Douglas County! All because students were courageous enough to send us information in time.Text a Tip logo with trademark symbol

This program is only in the “traditional” high schools.

How does it work?  Tipsters can send an anonymous crime tip via a text message from their cell phone. Text message tips are completely secure and anonymous. Once the text message is sent, the tipster will receive a text message with their confidential code number so they may add additional information to the original tip if necessary. As long as the communication has not been stopped then either the Douglas County School Dispatch center,

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch,  Castle Rock Police Department Dispatch or Parker Police Department Dispatch will be able to re-contact tipsters via text message regarding their tip.

To send a text message tip from a cell phone, the student would send the text message to a predetermined number they are given.  The tipster would then type in a key word before the tip message.  The keyword must appear as the first word of the text message in order for the tip to reach us. The keyword is not case sensitive.  The Douglas County School Dispatch center would then receive an alert that they have received a tip and would be able to then type a message back to the tipster asking questions to discern what the situation is and how it should be handled.  If necessary the Sheriff’s Office can take over the two-way texting conversation.

For a demonstration of this new technology, go to www.SMSCrimeTips.com

Students and Parents with additional questions please contact your school resource officer (SRO) and/or principal for information. This program is used only in high schools located in Douglas County and is not a public program. Please remember to use the program responsibly for issues related to safety and security. You are and will remain 100% anonymous when using the program. For other questions about the program please contact Coordinator Phyllis Harvey.

Help keep your schools and friends safe!


Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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