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Floyd County

October 26, 2008

New Albany Police Department promoting anonymous tip line

The New Albany Police Department has noticed a decrease in the number of calls on its anonymous tip line. The department hopes to spread the word once again.

The crime tip line, 948-NAPD, is an automatic recording system.

“On a daily basis we listen to the tips, and we attempt to respond to each viable tip,” Sgt. Todd Bailey said.

Since the number was introduced about two years ago, NAPD estimates they have received about 1,800 calls. Bailey said those tips have helped them bust several meth labs and find new information about individuals stealing vehicles. Most of the tips concern drug use.

Bailey said that they have been receiving less calls in recent months as media exposure has lessened. NAPD has tried other low-budget marketing like listing the number on police cars.

Bailey said 948-NAPD does not take the place of other numbers. He said in the past, some people have used the tip line to report crimes, such as their house being broken into or vandalism to their property.

Because police do not constantly check messages, victims should call either 911 for emergencies and 944-6411 for non-emergencies. They also hope witnesses still come forward because anonymous tips cannot be used as evidence to try someone for a crime.

“We still need witnesses to testify for prosecution, but sometimes we’ll take what we can get,” Bailey said.

Police ask callers to leave as much information as possible.

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