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A social media tip line for police

Tweets, texts give Hub a lift

The Boston Police Department has a larger Twitter fan base - more than 39,200 followers - than any other local law enforcement agency in the country, dwarfing the followers of Houston, Los Angeles, and Chicago police departments while edging out New York City.

With the help of a text-a-tip program and a new Twitter campaign started late last year, the department has seen a rapid increase in crime-solving tips.

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