Because I was still out of town Monday when the Philomath City Council meeting occurred that evening, I had to go back and listen to a recording of the proceedings.
One of the interesting things that was mentioned involves confidential tips and the Philomath Police Department. Ken Rueben, police chief, said there is a tip line that's monitored and if folks call the regular phone number during the day, they can be forwarded to it. If it's not during business hours, the caller has an option among the available selections to be forwarded to the tip line.
Although police appreciate all tips, Rueben said it's much better to have a confidential conversation.
"We can assure confidentiality through a conversation with the the DA's (district attorney's) office and the city attorney, if need be, than through an actual tip line with no details or a Q&A session," Rueben said.
Some may feel uneasy about calling in information because they want to maintain that anonymity but at the same time want to be a good citizen and share knowledge that could be important. Still, the confidential conversation option that Rueben mentioned could be the best route while protecting identity.
Basically, instead of trying to get through sometimes vague information left on a tip line, police can move faster by asking specific questions and trying to get the details they need to act fast.