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Non-Emergency SMS Reporting System

The Abbotsford Police Department recognizes that trends in communication are changing and that SMS messaging (texting) is becoming an ever more popular method of communicating. In order to provide better service to the public, APD has added the ability for the public to chat with an Abbotsford Police Call Taker via SMS and our Non-Emergency SMS Reporting system.

To initiate a chat with the APD, send an SMS message to ABBYPD (222973) using your cellular phone.

The Non-Emergency SMS Reporting system is not to handle emergency situations or replace the process of calling 911.




Frequently Asked Questions

What is a short code?

Short codes (also known as short numbers) are special telephone numbers, significantly shorter than full telephone numbers that can be used to address SMS messages from certain service provider's mobile phones or fixed phones.


Why can't I send a messages from my computer or tablet?

Short codes are vastly different from real phone numbers as they must be provision by each cellular carrier to work. Online services that allow a user to send and receive messages from a website or app, while may work just fine sending messages back and forth with other phone numbers, generally do not work with short codes. As such, these services are not supported by our system and are unlikely to work.


Is this anonymous?

This service is not anonymous. If you wish to submit a tip anonymously please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website


Additional question?

If you have any other questions specifically related to the Non-Emergency SMS Reporting System, please contact us at (604) 859-5225.