- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State University Police Department is offering a new service that will provide a quick and simple means for faculty, staff, students and the general public to communicate with the department by text message in non-emergency situations.

University Police Chief Vance Rice said in addition to calling the department at 662-325-2121, individuals may now text the same phone number at any time for non-emergency services.

Rice said in a news release Thursday there may be circumstances when voice communication could place someone in more danger and texting is an option.

Rice says texting false information will be dealt with in the same manner as reporting false information by telephone.

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