Citizens who want to share information with detectives about criminal activity pertaining to St. Bernard Parish or any of its residents, can do so anonymously through the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau’s new tip hotline, (504) 271-TIPS or 8477, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
The new criminal activity tip hotline is patterned after the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division’s narcotics hotline, (504) 271-DOPE or 3673, which has for several decades been a successful tool in the fight against the drug epidemic.
Tipsters who have information they feel would be valuable to detectives can call the TIP hotline to share information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Citizens can share information pertaining to cases involving things such as theft, robbery, burglary or even a murder. Sheriff Pohlmann said all calls will be acted upon.
“Our DOPE hotline has been an essential tool in our fight against illegal drug activity in St. Bernard Parish for many years,” the Sheriff said, “and our hope is the criminal activity TIP hotline will be just as successful by helping detectives quickly solve major crimes and continue to keep St. Bernard and its residents safe.”
If a detective isn’t available to answer, the Sheriff said callers can leave a detailed message, and either choose to provide their contact information, or remain anonymous.
“We understand citizens’ need to remain anonymous in certain circumstances,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “Choosing to leave your name and telephone number is your choice. Doing so does not mean your personal information will be released. It will simply assist us in any follow-up questions we may have.”
The Sheriff reminds residents who are in danger or in need of immediate assistance to call 911. Non-emergency issues such as requesting to speak with a deputy can be handled by calling (504) 271-2501.
The Sheriff’s Office also has a Traffic hotline, (504) 278-7677, where residents can report continued speeding issues in their neighborhood.