2007 Year-in-Review: Secret Witness & Keep Guns Outta School! - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

2007 Year-in-Review: Secret Witness & Keep Guns Outta School!

The Secret Witness & Keep Guns Outta School programs reached the following milestones in 2007:

  • They presented a $300 gift certificate to the top law enforcement academy graduates of both graduating classes.
  • Several outreach efforts, and invitations to numerous speaking opportunities to get the word out about the programs. They were presented to North Idaho as well as Spokane area service clubs. The "Keep Guns Outta School!" program was featured in the Spokesman Review, and was part of promoting the annual "Night Out Against Crime."
  • A campaign to reinstate the Crime Check #, which included participating in radio forums to discuss the benefits of bringing Crime Check back.
  • Directly involvement in launching a county-wide volunteer campaign in coordination with the Spokane Police Department, Spokane Valley Police and Spokane County Sheriff's Office, the City, the County, and COP and SCOPE stations to promote the Law Enforcement Helpline, where a person can call one number and get to a variety of helpful law enforcement help lines to serve their needs.

    Stats for the "Secret Witness" Program for 2007:

In 2007, Secret Witness received 402 tips (93 tips higher than 2006), and paid out on 43 tips (13 pay outs higher than 2006), totaling $4,450 in rewards ($1,350 less than in 2006).

The breakdown of tip pay outs are as follows:

30 - Fugitives
1 - Burglary
2 - Armed Robbery

Stats for the "Keep Guns Outta School!" Program for 2007:

The program relies on tips from students that lead to the removal of guns or other dangerous weapons from school property. Student only need to tell a teacher, or call the "Keep Guns Outta School!" tip line: 327-5111.

Students can get cash awards up to $75. Crimestoppers of the Inland Northwest never reveals the identities of any info-sharing students.

There were 10 "Keep Guns Outta School!" pay outs made in 2007.

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