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Silent Observer offering cash rewards for information leading to arrests curbing violent crimes

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Silent Observer

There have been more than 20 homicides committed in the City of Grand Rapids and surrounding communities. Hoping to curb the number of violent crimes, Silent Observer is offering rewards for information.

The Grand Rapids Police Department and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a number of violent crimes from homicides, shootings and armed robberies to car dealership and cell phone store burglaries.

“The crime on our streets is putting so many lives at risk.”

Chris Cameron is Executive Director of Silent Observer.

“There seems to be total disregard for human life by those involved in the shootings, and really this has to stop now and we have to band together to take back our streets.”

Operation Save Our Streets along with Silent Observer are asking witnesses and residents to cooperate with police sharing information.

“It’s important to know that state law protects Silent Observer tips from discovery, F.O.I.A. and subpoena so that you can be assured that those who use our many anonymous tip-lines; because we have phone, web and mobile app, so those that use those tip-lines will never, ever be identified.”

Silent Observer is offering specific reward amounts for tips that lead to arrests; $2,500 for murder, $1,500 for shooting with serious injury and gun store burglaries, $1,000 rewards for shootings with minor injury, armed robbery and car dealer and cell phone store burglaries.

If you have information about criminal acts you can contact Silent Observer at 774-2345.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.