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Volunteers needed for 88-CRIME

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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:00 pm

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Pima County Attorney's Office 88-CRIME program, which offers an anonymous tip line to school students who are aware of criminal activity.

In early May, the program asked for help from volunteers who would present the film "Trouble at Hand" to students and community members.

"Trouble at Hand," produced by local filmmakers, is a nine-minute film examining a middle school student's conflict when she overhears a classmate boast of bringing a gun to school. The film examines how students should respond. After viewing, the volunteer presents facts and information about the tip line.

The 88-CRIME anonymous tip line has been in operation since 1978. To date, there have been 4,514 felony arrests, an estimated 4,640 cases cleared by law enforcement, the seizing of more than $84 million in drugs and recovery of more than $17 million in property. Anonymous callers have received rewards.

To anonymously report a crime, call 882-7463, go on line to www.88crime.org, or text 27463, enter "Tip 259" and enter a message. No calls are recorded. A caller can receive up to $1,000 if they provide information leading to arrest and conviction.

Interested volunteers may complete an application and return it to Pat Wiedhopf, volunteer coordinator, at the attorney's office, 32 N. Stone, Suite 1400, Tucson, 85701, or by e-mail at pat.wiedhopf@pcao.pima.gov. After a background check, applicants receive training with 88-CRIME and are required to volunteer a minimum of eight hours a month.

For more information, call Susie Slagle Dupnik at 740-5742 or e-mail Susie.dupnik@pcao.pima.gov.

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