Chicago Police turn to Twitter, texting

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 11:12 a.m.CDT • Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 11:18 a.m.CDT

CHICAGO – Chicago Police are hoping social media and smartphones will help them fight crime in the city.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced a series of changes to the department's community policing program on Monday. The new efforts let people anonymously send crime tips, along with videos and photos.

Meanwhile, the city will also use Twitter to send real-time alerts and updates to residents in three neighborhoods as part of a pilot program.

Authorities say the project is aimed at fighting crime, but will also help police have a better idea of a situation when they respond.

Monday's changes come after a particularly violent holiday weekend.

The Chicago Sun-Times says at least 10 people died and about six dozen others were wounded in a series of shootings since Wednesday night.

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