Silent Observer Promises
That You Will Be Completely
How Does It Work?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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."