Silent Observer Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Cascade Hills Country Club
May 25, 2022
5:30 pm

Silent Observer held its 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 25, 2022 and it was a great event!  We are in awe of our community members who have used Silent Observer as their alternative to silence since 1972.

Because of you, we have received almost 100,000 tips and have assisted police in solving close to 10,000 crimes. Over $800,000 in reward monies have been authorized for those whose tips have led to the arrests of those who make life dangerous for us. Thank you to our police officers as well for their support and for investigating every anonymous tip given to them. To our sponsors and supporters, a big thanks go to you for believing in us. Without you, we could not maintain our program’s operations.

During the event there were lots of stories and cases shared along with a moving testimonial from a woman who lost both her sister and her niece due to domestic violence. A Silent Observer tip led to the suspect’s arrest and helped the family see justice and find closure. Thanks to all who came out to support Silent Observer’s 50th anniversary and thanks to the Hon. Judge Sara Smolenski for being the night’s emcee. 

For 50 years, Silent Observer has been an essential partner to law enforcement agencies around West Michigan in solving crime and bringing criminals to justice. Silent Observer is a citizen-run charitable organization that empowers people to take back their streets and rewards them for protecting their neighborhoods. Silent Observer leverages technology to enable anonymous crime tip reporting by phone, mobile app, and web. And for 50 Years, Silent Observer has:

  • Encouraged the cooperation and involvement of our residents to make West Michigan safer
  • Assisted victims of crime find justice
  • Protected families and neighborhoods in Kent County
  • Built a safer Kent County by giving people a safe & anonymous way to assist police solve major crimes
  • Assisted police in solving crimes like murder, rape, assault, crimes against children, kidnapping, armed robbery, burglary; stopped teens contemplating suicide; locate fugitives; and have made schools safer by getting weapons and drugs out of classrooms

We hope you’ll stand with us another 50 years as we continue to assist law enforcement in solving crimes which helps keep all of Kent County a safe place to live, work and play.



Our Sponsors

This is an important milestone for Silent Observer as we are the oldest Crime Stoppers/Silent Observer Program in the country.  Silent Observer would like to thank and recognize our sponsors for our 50th Anniversary event and greatly appreciate their all-important support.

Presenting Sponsor

Crime Doesn't Pay Sponsor

Tipster Sponsors

Chris Williams & Family

Community Safety Friend Sponsors

Grand Valley State University Public Safety
RDV Corp.
JC & Tammy Huizenga
DK Security

Coldwell Bank AJS-Schmidt
AHC Hospitality
Grand Rapids Chamber

Law Enforcement Sponsors

Lighthouse Group
Mimi Cummings
The Lindgren Family
Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Jandernoa Foundation
Larry & Iris Stelma
Spiritech, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan