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12:26 PM Wed, Dec. 12th

Sheriff's Office closes T.I.P. hotline program

With the recent acquisition of the Yavapai Silent Witness Program by Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office "Turn in the Pushers" program, also known as TIPs, is disbanding.

The sheriff's office established the TIPs hotline to handle inquires from the public specifically related to narcotics concerns in the community. The sheriff's office is asking the public to continue reporting these types of incidents to Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

By calling Yavapai Silent Witness, citizens can help solve crimes, remain anonymous and earn cash rewards. Your name is not required.

In 2008, Silent Witness has already received 180 calls leading to 42 arrests on felony charges with payouts of $5,600 in cash rewards.

Silent Witness is looking for information to help solve crimes or alert law enforcement to crime concerns in the community. If information leads to a felony arrest, callers can earn from $100 to $1,000 in cash. Silent Witness employees answer the toll-free number 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The sheriff's office asks residents to continue to report drug dealers or witnessed drug transactions, unusual chemical odors coming from a property, chemical waste dumping, extensive security measures around properties or unusual attempts to ensure privacy and frequent visitors to a home day and night.