Cadillac City Police Recognize 25th Anniversary of ‘Silent Observer’

"Silent Observer" has helped people who want to remain anonymous report crimes for decades.

Today, one Northern Michigan community celebrated the service’s 25th year.

Cadillac City Police Chief Todd Golnick says Silent Observer has helped solve many significant crimes since 1991.

“The real interesting thing about this 25 year anniversary is that basically 24 years, the programs ran identically," Golnick says. "It’s the last year that the real exciting changes have come into play. We’ve now added mobile app reporting and online reporting, in addition to the good old phone number that’s been there for the last 25 years.”

Chief Golnick says those updates will help them fight crime.

"The last 25 years, there’s been an awful lot of significant crimes that have been resolved as a part of people participating in this program," Golnick says. "We’ve now added mobile app reporting and online reporting, in addition to the good old phone number that’s been there for the last 25 years."

Chief Golnick says it is important to always call 9-1-1 first if you see a crime happening.

That way, dispatchers can respond quickly.

“If anyone sees crimes that are in progress, it’s really important that you call 911 or report them to the proper police departments so they can be properly investigated," Golnick says. "The app and the online reporting is not monitored by central dispatchers, by officers that can respond immediately.”

To make an anonymous tip using Silent Observer, call (231)779-9215.