COPS hotline marks 5 years
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
RANSON, W.Va. - Jefferson County's crime tip hotline is five years old this month, and a police officer in charge of the hotline is hoping the milestone will generate more public participation.
Calls to the hotline at 304-728-COPS have dropped recently, said Lt. Robbie Roberts of the Ranson Police Department.
Roberts said he thinks calls have dropped off because people have not noticed arrests from the information they have provided. Roberts said people must remember that in some cases, it takes time to put together a criminal case.
On the other hand, Roberts estimated the hotline has resulted in more than 100 arrests since it was started in 1996.
Most of the tips have been about drug activity, although people have reported information about a variety of violations, from their neighbors having out-of-state tags to people they have spotted for whom warrants have been issued for their arrests, Roberts said.