The Text-A-Tip program was developed and implemented in the winter of 2006. A member of the SRO team read an article describing the Boston, Massachusetts Police Department using text messaging as a tip option for citizens to report crime.
Initially the program had very little response, but during the 2007-2008 school years the SROs heavily marketed the program through media, classroom presentations and student-designed posters. Each school has the Text-A-Tip posters displayed throughout the school with individual school logos as well as the individual SRO cell phone numbers.
As a result of the campaign, Text-A-Tip resulted in a number of student tips about fights, drugs, thefts, alcohol parties – even preventing a suicide in one case.
The NASRO Journal of School Safety published a short article outlining Fargo Police Department Text-A-Tip, resulting in inquiries from SRO teams across the country interested in starting their own Text-A-Tip programs.