How Does Silent Witness Work
Silent Witness relies on a partnership between law enforcement, the media, and the community.
Silent Witness shares information on unsolved felony cases in the local media including TV, radio, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
If you recognize the suspect or have information on the crime, call 480-WITNESS or go online, www.silentwitness.org to provide a tip. You may also, download our mobile app to send in tips. Calls are answered by a live person 24/7 and online or mobile tips are accepted at all times. Tips are then routed to the proper Detective in charge of the case. (If the information is urgent or in progress, please call 911 and follow-up with a call to Silent Witness advising the information you provided.) You MUST contact Silent Witness prior to an arrest or indictment to be eligible for any reward.
If the tip information leads to an arrest or indictment in the case, you’re eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 (up to $2,000 for a homicide). After your reward has been approved by the Board of Directors, you will have an initial six months to collect. After this initial period, a request for reward reinstatement will need to be submitted to the Board of Directors. Your identity remains anonymous even when getting paid the reward.
Our Mission Statement:
Silent Witness is dedicated to creating safer communities by working in partnership with citizens, media and law enforcement to solve and prevent crime within the state of Arizona. Although we work in partnership with the Phoenix Police Department, we are a separate, community based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ALL of the rewards paid out are funded entirely through private donations and grants — not taxes. Since 1979, Silent Witness has been successfully solving felony crimes throughout the Valley:
Over 12,594 felony crimes solved as the result of Silent Witness.
Over $31,210,000 worth of property and drugs seized.
Over 7,929 violent felons arrested and off the streets.
Over $2,560,216 in rewards paid into the community.
How do you make sure I will remain anonymous?
When you provide a tip, you will receive a tip number. You may call back if you have more information or want to check the status of your tip. Anytime you call, use your tip number — not your name.
Our phones do not have caller ID and conversations are not recorded. Mobile app and web tips are just as secure and anonymous because they are received using encryption technology.
Rewards are distributed in a private, anonymous manner to the tipster through a third-party.
By guaranteeing your anonymity, you can give information without the concern of retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to indictment or arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.
How do you pay for all those rewards?
Silent Witness is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization and rewards are primarily funded through private donations, Silent Witness events, and grants. Your donation is tax deductible.2