The Midcoast Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws Taskforce reminds residents of the text-a-tip service that allows anyone to anonymously report underage drinking, illegal drug use, and other concerns that endanger youth to law enforcement.

Known as eTip, the service is now available in Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, and Sagadahoc counties, Brunswick and Harpswell.

Anyone can submit a tip by texting a keyword and their tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Given the texts are anonymous, users must use a keyword to ensure it goes to the dispatch center closest to where they are. Each county has a different keyword that users should include at the start of the text. The keywords are as follows:

For Knox County tips: kTip

For Lincoln County tips: LTip

For Waldo County tips: WTip

For Sagadahoc County, Brunswick and Harpswell tips: eTip

Community members can also download the free TipSubmit Mobile App on the Apple App Store or Android Market.

With the onset of warmer weather, prom and graduations, kids sometimes make risky choices. Rockland Police Chief, Bruce Boucher considers alcohol to be the number one risk for teens and pre-teens when it comes to substance abuse. The Surgeon General calls it “the drug of choice for teens in America.”

“k-Tip is not about curbing young people’s fun,” Chief Boucher said in a news release. “It’s about challenging alcohol misuse and drawing attention to the damage intoxication causes.” Boucher urges adults and teens to use kTip to report underage drinking parties, sending a clear message that we want to keep our kids safe and won’t tolerate providing alcohol or a place to consume alcohol for underage teens. Although designed to be used to report underage alcohol use, kTip can also be used to report other illegal activity; however it does not replace 911.

kTip was introduced in Knox County in 2013 through a collaborative partnership between Knox County Community Health Coalition (the local Healthy Maine Partnership serving Knox County), Rockland Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Knox County Dispatch. Camden Police Department, Rockport Police Department and Thomaston Police Department joined the collaboration shortly after k-tip was in place.

The Midcoast Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws taskforce is a collaboration of law enforcement agencies and Healthy Maine Partnerships from Knox, Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Waldo counties, and oversees district-wide activities that prevent access to alcohol by minors.