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Residents who might have helpful information in solving local crimes can now call the 24-hour Spencer County Sheriff’s Department tip line at 477-COPS (2677).
Det. Tony Mattingly said the department has rolled out its new line — which can be used anonymously or callers can leave their contact information — as part of the department’s 2014 initiative to get the public more involved in solving its cases.
“This is part of our new crime-fighting efforts,” Mattingly said, noting that police work is increasingly dependent on local residents and tip-givers. “We’re looking at things a little differently now.”
Mattingly said the new line will always be open and allows callers to leave a message. He said if callers would like a returned phone call from the department they should leave their name and phone number. If not, anonymous tips are welcome.
The department is also developing an email message service that is designed to keep its subscribers up-to-date with information from the department. Mattingly encouraged anyone with email access to send an email to email@example.com to be added to the department’s email list.
Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump and Mattingly agreed that the department is attempting to reach out to the community in as many ways as possible — social media, email and phone — in an effort to build relationships that could help solve cases.