Citizens Get Involved, Good Things Happen

One problem that continually plagues law enforcement’s efforts to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe and free from crime is a lack of reliable information.

Good intelligence makes the work of investigators easier, but it is hard to come by. One reason is a shortage of investigative personnel in police departments and other agencies due to budgetary limitations.

Another reason is the lack of cooperation from the local citizenry. That is certainly understandable when the very real threat of retaliation hangs over any potential “snitch.” A way around that roadblock on the information highway is the assurance of confidentiality.

E-mail also an effective tool

That can sometimes be as simple as dialing the telephone and spilling what you know without revealing your name. E-mail can also work well in this regard.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is going that route in its efforts to capture Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the notorious leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. In July 2015, Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison in the State of Mexico.

To blow the whistle on Guzman, a billionaire drug lord who spreads his poison throughout the United States and Mexico, you can call 844-692-4101 in the United States and 001-844-692-4101 outside the U.S.

Don’t forget that the U.S. State Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for the capture of Guzman.

If you know something, don’t hesitate to call, and not only to earn a handsome reward. Do it for the good of your family and your community. The drug scourge is everywhere and spares no one.

Keeping callers anonymous

There is ample evidence that such tip lines can be effective in capturing criminals and keeping informants safe and anonymous.

A recent tip called in to John Walsh’s television program on CNN resulted in the capture of a mother and 3-year-old girl in a parental kidnapping case.

The mother allegedly kidnapped her daughter from a home in Sunrise, Florida. She was also wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The mother had failed to return the daughter to the girl’s father as stipulated in their custody agreement.

While “The Hunt with John Walsh” was still on the air, a call came in to a call center that led to the mother’s arrest the following morning. The 3-year-old was reunited with her father a short time later.

There are many such examples of crimes successfully solved thanks to citizen involvement.

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