DETROIT -

The U.S. Marshals Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team (DFAT) has a new way to get tips to track down wanted fugitives.

The Task Force is now able to receive anonymous tips from the public via text message or web tip. This was previously unavailable and tipsters were limited to calling in tips to the toll free hotline (866) 4WANTED. While that method is still available and very successful, tipsters will now also have the option to text in tips and continue to remain anonymous, if they so desire. The tipster and the tipster’s phone number remain anonymous to law enforcement unless the tipster chooses to identify themselves.

Tipsters are now able to send a tip to the Task Force by texting keyword “DFAT” and your tip to 847411 (tip411).

Investigators will be able to view the tip and even send a text back to the tipster to ask for follow up information. The tipster can then choose to continue the text conversation or discontinue and terminate the communication. Regular text fees will apply based on the tipsters service plan.
In addition to texting in a tip, tipsters can also submit a web tip. Tipsters can go to http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/mi-e/fugitives  to view pictures of the Task Force’s most wanted. On that page, is the ability to click a button which will redirect the user to the website to submit a web tip which works the same way as the text tip.

The technology is available from a company called Citizen Observer which specializes in providing this service to law enforcement agencies. Their service guarantees that the tipster and the tipster’s phone number remain anonymous to the law enforcement agency unless the tipster chooses to identify themselves.

“This new tool provides the public with yet another method of delivering valuable information to our Task Force to utilize when pursuing these wanted violent fugitives. We are optimistic that this will lead to many arrests as our tip phone line has thus far," said U.S. Marshal Robert M Grubbs.