With today's technology, there's no reason not to help police agencies crack down on crime, especially in your own neighborhood. The Journal News reported that the Butler County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) released a public service announcement video welcoming drug dealers to the area, courtesy of Sheriff Richard Jones. The video is obviously a "play" on the issue, but is intended to bring awareness to the outlandish number of heroin overdose deaths in Butler County, Ohio. WCPO posted the video with news on the heroin epidemic in the tri-state. The Journal News quoted the video, that boasts,
"Nominate your favorite TriState drug dealer for an “all-inclusive” Butler County experience including complimentary bracelets, quality lodging and concierge service."
The new Butler County Sheriff's video, The Butler County Experience (for Heroin Dealers), is intended to urge citizens to submit anonymous tips on crime. In fact, the Butler Undercover Regional Narcotics taskforce, known as BURN, reported a 65% increase from drug investigations from 2012 to 2013, with heroin still being the largest drug abused. A personal message on their vimeo video, produced by Cox Media Group Ohio, which owns the Journal News, reads,
"Attention tri-state area heroin dealers! Come enjoy our all-inclusive Butler County experience! Nominate your favorite heroin dealer today with an anonymous tip."
In June, BCSO released another way to for citizens of Butler County to help fight crime. TipSoft was released, according to WCPO, as a way for people to be able to submit anonymous crime tips to law enforcement. Crime tips can be submitted via the TipSoft mobile app on any Android or iPhone device, by sending a text message, or through an online submission form. According to the Journal News, TipSoft allows residents to carry on an anonymous two-way communication with law enforcement agencies, allowing them to follow up with tipsters. In recent weeks, Sheriff Jones told the Journal News,
“We need help from citizens to fight crime in Butler County. From food stamp fraud to the apprehension of heroin dealers, many of our investigations start with information we’ve received from neighbors who are tired of crime in their community.”
It is important to note that Crime Stoppers is another way to help law enforcement crack down on unwanted drug and criminal activity in the greater Cincinnati area. People can anonymously submit their tips and receive cash payment in doing so. Crime Stoppers has three ways to report crime tips, the first being text messaging. You can text “CINTIP - plus your tip” to CRIMES 274637. Online submission is the second way. If you prefer, your tip can be called to Crime Stoppers at 888-352-3040 (local) or 513-352-3715. It is important to note that your call will be completely confidential, as they do not use caller I.D. or record the telephone calls.
If you are tired of criminal activity, drug abuse, and fraud in your community, please utilize the anonymous tip services to help law enforcement agencies put a stop to the madness! For more information on the new tipster program, visit the video.