WeTip is a completely anonymous tipline, something that Evansville did not have. EPD, VCSO and some other smaller tip lines are in place, but people don’t use them because: 1. They don’t know about them and 2. They don’t want to talk to the police. – So now there is WeTip.
How it works: A 24/7 tipline, with an operator waiting on the other end. They will NEVER take a name or number. If you do give it to the operator, they make you hang up and call back. The operator goes through a set of questions to get as much relevant data as possible. They then process the tip, and send it to whatever agency can do something with it. WeTip is not a search warrant generator or anything like that, anonymous tips can’t merit a warrant alone (normally) but it will give Vanderburgh county residents an easy way to give info on crimes happening in their community. Be it a neighbor they suspect is cooking METH, a shooting that they drove by or heard about from a friend. No tip is too small, they will all at least get filed and looked at.
The other way WeTip can be used is when law enforcment is searching for someone. Be it a missing person or a manhunt, WeTip is an easy place way to get your information to the proper authorities. Say EPD puts up a picture or video of a bank robbery suspect, you can call 911 if you have prominent info such as, “I know where that exact guy is right now” or call WeTip with your information such as “I went to high school with him, that’s John Doe or I know where his girlfriend lives” – info similar to this.
WeTip does offer rewards for callers. Mostly it will follow an arrest and conviction, but if you tell the operator when asked that you are interested in a reward, the operator will assign a code name to your call. You can then call and check back with WeTip on the status. Tips range anywhere from $20-$1000 depending on the severity of the crime and all parts to the case.
SOURCE: Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office