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Silent Observer Promises
That You Will Be Completely Anonymous

How Does It Work?
Call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or toll free at 866-774-2345, 24/7 with information about serious crimes in your community. You will never be asked your name. Instead you will be given a special code number, called a tip number that is special only to you. Be sure to save your tip number because you will need it to give more information about your tip and to claim any reward that may be offered.

What Should I Call About?
Silent Observer is most interested in information about serious crimes that affect the safety and well being of your neighborhood and community. Tips about arson, drugs, burglary, criminal sexual conduct, robbery, murder, weapons, theft, vandalism and people with warrants are just some of the crimes Silent Observer would like to receive information.

What Happens With The Information I Submit To Silent Observer?
When you call our tip line or submit a tip on-line, your information is immediately sent to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation.

What If I Have More Information About My Tip Or Want To Check Its Status?
Call the Director of Silent Observer at 616-454-9110 if you have more information about the crime you had reported or you want to check on its status. Be sure you have your tip number handy when you call. Some tips take law enforcement more time to investigate than others due to the steps they need to take to make their case. So please call for updates after two weeks of when the tip was given.

Does Silent Observer Have Caller-ID?
Absolutely not. Callers can be assured that they will remain anonymous. No attempt will be made to figure out your identity.

Do I Get A Reward?
If your information leads to the arrest of suspect(s) and the suspect(s) is bound over for trial, you are eligible for a reward. Reward amounts are based on the severity of the crime and how important your tip was to police. Reward amounts can range from $50 - $1000.

How Do I Collect My Reward?
Call the Director of Silent Observer at 616-454-9110 to inquire about the status of your tip. Be sure to have your tip number handy. If your tip leads to a person’s arrest, you will be told how to collect your reward, without giving your name.

How Can I Be Assured That I Will Remain Anonymous?
Silent Observer has been around since 1972 and has a proven track record in keeping those with crime-solving information anonymous. We do not use Caller ID nor do we want your name or any other identifying information about you. But to make it all official, there is a law that went into effect on January 1, 2007 that legally protects the identity of Silent Observer informants. To see the complete Public Act click on this link

Public Act 557 strenghtens Silent Observer's promise of anonymity to tipsters who call our tipline with information about crime. The law protects Silent Observer's records from subpoena unless the information would clear a defendant of guilt. "The guarantee of anonymity is the most important element of Silent Observer and Crime Stoppers programs," said Chris Cameron, Executive Director of Silent Observer. " It is what makes our program a vital tool in obtaining leads to assist investigators in solving crime."

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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