About Us

Get Involved!

Silent Observer is a non-profit organization dedicated to public safety and since 1972 has remained committed to its mission to solve and prevent serious crime in the Greater Grand Rapids area in partnership with citizens, the media, and law enforcement.

How It Works

Contact Silent Observer using one of the methods listed above. You will never be asked your name. Instead you will be given a special code number, called a tip number, and a password that is special only to you. Be sure to save your tip number and password because you will be able to log into your existing tip at p3tips.com to add more information, upload pictures, follow up on your tip and to answer any questions Silent Observer may have left for you. You will need your Tip ID number to claim any reward that may be offered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read before submitting a tip!

  • If you witness a crime in progress, CALL 911
  • When submitting a tip, we need as much detail as possible.  Always include:
    • Suspect’s name, description, date of birth or age and vehicle information
    • Complete address and other contact info including social media profile names
    • Employer and work schedule
    • A description of the crime.  When it happened and where it happened
If your tip is regarding drug sales, please understand that police are no longer investigating issues involving marijuana.
 
For tips regarding the distribution of other drugs please also include:
 
  • The time the drug sales are occurring (very important)
  • Is the dealer selling from their home, vehicle or work?
  • If at home, what door do the buyers use to meet the dealer?
  • Who does the dealer live with?
  • Where are the drugs kept?

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, threats of violence and people with warrants are just some of the crimes in which Silent Observer would like to receive information

When Silent Observer receive your anonymous tip, we immediately send it to the proper law enforcement agency.  Although web and text tips are monitored frequently, they are not always seen within minutes so it’s best to call if your tip requires immediate attention. After you give your tip, you will receive a Tip ID number and password and can access your tip any time at p3tips.com to add new information, upload photos and to see if Silent Observer has asked any questions of you. 

If you want to ask for the status of your tip, you can log into your tip or call 616.454.9110 2-3 weeks after leaving your tip – 6-8 weeks if your tip was drug related. 

Silent Observer will pay a reward of up to $2,500 if your tip leads to the arrest of an individual. The reward amount is based on the severity of the crime and how important the tip was to police. A reward is available for any serious crime solved due to the help of a Silent Observer tip. You must report your tip directly to the Silent Observer tip line to be eligible for a reward. Rewards are paid to tipsters using an anonymous process

Silent Observer accepts tips and information about crimes in order to solve or prevent such crimes. Users who communicate their own criminal threats by making them through Silent Observer or use Silent Observer to knowingly harass another person are not considered to be Silent Observer tipsters; are not eligible for rewards; are not immune from prosecution; and are exempted from the promise of anonymity.

Our Leadership

Chris Cameron
Executive Director

Dennis Albert
Kent County Sheriff Department

Damon Cavasin SpartanNash

Mimi Cummings
Consultant

Don DeGroot
Northwestern Mutual

Jana Forner
Grand Rapids Police Department

Brian Gard
National Heritage Academies

Jim Green
Lacks Enterprises

Paul Jaeckle
Meijer

Mia Jankowiak
Grand Rapids Chamber

Larry Johnson
Grand Rapids
Public Schools

Sam Moore
Kent County Parks Foundation

Sindia Narber
DK Security

Julie Niemchick
Grand Rapids Police Department

Chris Williams
MedBio

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Submit By Phone

Call 616.774.2345
No Called ID
No Recorded Calls

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Submit Online

Submit a tip
right through
our website

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Submit by App

Available for
iPhone and Android
Anonymous & Free