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Falls launching Crime Fighters tip line

6/26/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

The city entrance sign at State and Highbridge roads in Cuyahoga Falls was the location of a June 24 gathering of city officials and others who came together to introduce the city’s Crime Fighters tip line.
Photos courtesy of the City of Cuyahoga Falls
CUYAHOGA FALLS — A new Crime Fighters tip line is intended to serve as a deterrent to crime in the City of Cuyahoga Falls, according to Mayor Don Walters.

The city’s newest public safety tool, introduced by city officials June 24, offers cash for anonymous tips leading to the arrest and/or conviction of people who commit crimes in Cuyahoga Falls.

After a call comes into the tip line, law enforcement will follow up on the tip, and Crime Fighter officials will determine if it is eligible for a reward and the amount, stated the mayor.

Crime Fighters is funded solely by donations to a bank account managed by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 49, with no city money involved, Walters stated in a press release.

To report a tip, a tipster may dial the tip line (330-971-TIPS) and press option 1 to speak with a Crime Fighters operator. The operator will take down the information and assign a tip number. Then, the operator will instruct the tipster to hang up and immediately call back on the tip line, choosing option 2 to leave a voicemail stating the tip number and a unique password known only to the tipster. This is the only method Crime Fighters has to identify the caller for future payment, according to city officials.

Tipsters should periodically call the tip line and choose option 3 in order to hear a message indicating which, if any, tips are currently being paid. If a particular tip is not listed, the tipster should check the message again at a later date, according to city officials.

If the message states a tip has been awarded payment, the message will also state the tip number and reward amount followed by instructions to proceed to a specific bank and give the teller the tip number and password. The teller will confirm the password and, upon confirmation, pay the designated amount to the tipster. Both the tip number and password must be provided to collect a reward.

The promise of anonymity is the most powerful weapon in the fight against crime and is strictly honored by Cuyahoga Falls Crime Fighters, Walters said. The tip line does not have caller ID, use *67 to block its phone number or record phone calls, according to city officials.

To donate to the tip line, cash donations may be taken to the Director of Finance Office on the second floor of City Hall. Donations made by check should be payable to “FOP49 Crime Fighters” and can be hand delivered or mailed to the Director of Finance, City of Cuyahoga Falls, 2310 Second St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.

Ariel Hakim contributed to this report.

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