SPD implements Crime Tip Line
by Emanuel County Live | November 30, 2010 12:00 am
By: CHIEF RANDY ELLISON
Swainsboro Police Department is implementing an anonymous Crime Tip Line. This new service will afford citizens the opportunity to report criminal activity anonymously to the police department. Oftentimes, valuable information may not be reported to law enforcement because citizens are reluctant to become involved for various reasons. In some instances, a citizen may have witnessed criminal activity, but wishes to remain silent.
During my first year as Chief of Police, my agency has been involved in numerous criminal investigations that were solved not just by evidence recovered at the scene of the crime, but also by valuable information from concerned, caring citizens. I have seen over time the need for more open lines of communication for citizens who may be reluctant to become involved in sharing information with my department. It is my belief that this new Crime Tip Line will provide a resource to elicit information from those individuals who might otherwise remain silent.
In my duties as Chief, I have attended meetings with various groups to discuss concerns about criminal activity in our city. As I listened and engaged in conversations with citizens, I realized the need for a better method for citizens to become involved in my agency’s efforts to combat crime in Swainsboro.
I brought the idea of implementing an anonymous Crime Tip Line to the attention of Mayor Charles Schwabe and the members of City Council during an open council meeting. Mayor Schwabe and council members shared positive comments and support for my idea.
The police department staff shared with me their ideas on the most effective way to get the program started, and the process was completed with no expense to the City.
Swainsboro Police Department understands that justice may not be found in many criminal cases without input from the community. The implementation of the Crime Tip Line will broaden the lines of communication between police officers and the community we so proudly serve. In fact, in numerous cities, this type of service has shown remarkable results by providing a partnership between citizens and police.
When a person calls the Tip Line at 478-237-0800, a recorded message will give the caller an opportunity to provide information anonymously to police. The information will be held in confidence and will only be heard by authorized personnel in the department.
The Tip Line can be utilized to report information about an ongoing investigation or to report the location of a wanted person. However, the Tip Line is not to be used to request emergency service. Calls for emergency service must still be reported by calling 911.
The Crime Tip Line will afford citizens the opportunity to get involved in solving crimes and will allow citizens to join hands with law enforcement in making Swainsboro a safer community.
If you have information you believe may be important to Swainsboro Police Department regarding criminal activity, call the Crime Tip Line at 478-237-0800.