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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Ringer on Crime Hotline Turned Off

A recent wave of sexual assaults in Denver was met with a request that citizens phone in tips to a crime hotline.  However, busy officers turned the ringer off and let them go to voicemail, which quickly filled up.  The ignored tips were as much as 4 weeks old by the time that they were collected. Meanwhile, in Ohio, jail inmates are being urged to submit tips to the hotline, in exchange for cash prizes.  [Jack Chin]

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As much as I dislike the idea that policework is a popularity contest, I think perhaps that turning the ringer off of the rape hotline is not a great way to win friends in the community.

Posted by: Phil Aldridge | Feb 24, 2005 11:51:57 AM

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