Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

WeTip Rollout Hailed as Success ; Hundreds of Citizen's Tips Lead to Dozens of Arrests

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

WeTip Rollout Hailed as Success ; Hundreds of Citizen's Tips Lead to Dozens of Arrests

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Ten months after Vanderburgh County officials introduced the WeTip program locally, the area has become a "model" for the vision of how the anonymous tip line can be beneficial to local law enforcement, according to the California company's officials. "Vanderburgh County has gone above and beyond any first-year city we have ever worked with," said WeTip CEO Susan Aguilar said in a statement.

"Not only are they on top in terms of tips received, but the quality of the tips is remarkable."

Agulair recently presented the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office with the company's top community safety award. Since it launched in June of last year, the service has gotten more than 800 tips from callers who say they have information about a Vanderburgh County crime, according to Kyle Phernetton of the prosecutor's office. Those tips have led to about 30 arrests.

"I don't think we've have a day where we didn't get a tip. I will safely say that there has not been a day when we haven't gotten at least one tip," Phernetton said. "(Tuesday) we got one and (Wednesday) we had five. We're still getting about 20 a week."

Phernetton said the program, which has exceeded expectations, got mostly suspected drug-related tips at the program's start last summer. But now the hotline gets a variety of calls including information about crimes that have just occurred, he said.

"It has evolved the last four or five months where only about half of the calls are about drugs, which is still part of what we're looking for," Phernetton said. "There was a shooting that, 10 minutes after it happened, somebody called in and said, 'two guys just fled in a blue minivan. That's who you are looking for.'"

WeTip officials were also impressed by the amount of information the hotline has been able to provide to local law enforcement agencies. …

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