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New tip line in Evansville has great response

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The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office launched a new anonymous top line on Monday, and they tell 14 News that they've already received a number of good calls.

In just three days, Prosecutor Nick Hermann says they've received 10 tips, many of which have led to investigations.

Officials with the Evansville Police Department joined the prosecutor to announce the program on Monday. The 'We Tip' Hotline started nationally in 1972 and since it's inception, it has paid more than $1-million in rewards.

Officials say a typical area will receive about 12 calls per week, but Evansville residents have already surpassed that number. Hermann says the majority of the calls have been drug related, but there has been one theft and one tip about a location of a wanted man.

Officials say if you report a tip, you might not see action immediately because officials might be working on a case.

"This is something to develop cases and to investigate," says Hermann. "So if you for example call in and say, 'I think there's drug activity on such and such corner,' then that's going to take some investigation. We're going to have to get some manpower out there, going to have to watch that area, get some people pulled over, find some drugs, that may lead to an investigation and ultimately lead to an arrest, but it's not something that's going to happen immediately."

Officials want to stress that the tip line is not an emergency line, so if you need immediate assistance call 911.

If you would like to make an anonymous tip, call 1-800-78-CRIME.

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