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About Silent Observer

No matter how well equipped or effective a local law enforcement agency may be, it cannot function successfully without the cooperation and involvement of its local community members. Silent Observer is a vital component in our community's fight against crime.

Since 1972, area citizens have provided information to Silent Observer that has resulted in the convictions of hundreds of criminals.

One of the major benefits of the program is its ability to protect the identity of the person reporting the crime. With no fear of reprisals or police involvement, all citizens can take an active role in the safety of their community.

Even though most tips don't lead to arrests, many contain crucial information to police investigations. Some tips provide police with missing pieces or alert them to new activity on the streets. Most importantly, Silent Observer offers citizens the ability to take back their neighborhood.

Silent Observer is a non-profit organization supported by contributions from concerned individuals, local business and community organizations. Help support Silent Observer in its efforts to solve crime and make our community safer.

Send your donations to:
Silent Observer
PO Box 230321
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49523
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2012 Year in Review

During the past year, Silent Observer authorized rewards totaling $17,875 to individuals who provided law enforcement personnel within Kent and Ottawa counties with information that led to the arrest of suspects charged with the following crimes:

Crime Arrests Cases Cleared
Armed Robbery 5 3
Assault 3 3
Burglary Home 3 2
Criminal Sexual Conduct 1 1
Hit & Run 2 2
Homicide 2 1
Misdemeanor Narcotics 1 1
Misdemeanor Warrants 5 6
Narcotics 20 36
Other 10 22
Probation/Parole Violations 1 2
Prostitution 1 3
Underage Drinking Party 4 2
Warrants 17 35
Weapons Offenses 1 1
76 120

Total Value of recovered cash, property, and drugs amounted to: $111,038


Some of the crimes Silent Observer tips
assisted law enforcement with include:

Three juveniles who robbed a man on a city bus then shot him in the head with a pellet gun were arrested.
One of Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders was located.
A tip assisted police in solving the homicide of Latrice Maze.
Three suspects who beat severely beat a man in front of a downtown bar were arrested.
Police were looking for a man wanted in the homicide of Jason Cherry.  A tip came in with that suspect's location.
A husband and wife from Las Vegas fled to Grand Rapids after warrants were issued for them for marijuana distribution and felony firearms.  Silent Observer received a tip on their whereabouts and the US Marshal Service picked them up

Silent Observer's Fast 50 School Program

Winning Fast 50 Posters

Students using the Fast 50 Program have increased as well. Currently the Program is in place in over 65 Middle and High Schools throughout the county. This program allows our students to report incidences of drugs, weapons, vandalism, threats of violence, and major theft in their school anonymously. If the contraband is recovered, they can earn a reward. As with the regular Silent Observer Program, not all students claim their reward. Many feel it is their civic responsibility to help keep their school community a safe and secure environment.


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Silent Observer dedicated this beautiful bench during the Candlelight Vigil on the National Day of Remembrance & Hope for ALL victims of crime.

granite bench dedicated to victms of crime

This bench, which sits at the Kent County Courthouse, is in remembrance of all those who have lost a loved one to crime or have experienced crime in their lives.


Rock The Mic on June 24, 2012

The 2012 Rock the Mic winners were: Annie Wildgen, Steven Truth Malcolm & Kaee Skwair

You can hear their songs and other top 10 finalists here!


Thanks to Harvey Automotive Group for the use of this beautiful Cadillac Escalade!

Escalade donated by Harvey Automotive Group

Harvey Automotive Group