The service upgrade, as it's being called, will allow patrons who have been somewhat deterred, by crowd noise or general timidity, to contact police by using their thumbs. Officials hope that the addition of the new medium will help in reporting disturbances and medical emergencies.
"We don't want to switch everything over to text. We're still going to get the calls," University of Nebraska police chief Owen Yardley said. "But we'll use the text messages as a supplement for those times when you're in large venues, when it's hard to hear, hard to communicate or you need to be discrete."