Silent Witness is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to create safer communities by working in partnership with citizens, media and law enforcement to solve and prevent crime in the State of Arizona. Although the program is affiliated with the Phoenix Police Department, we also work instrumentally with other agencies throughout the Valley. The program is funded entirely through private donations and grants -- NO tax dollars are involved.
The organization is comprised of a Board of Directors and Staff.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors consists of approximately 30 citizens from businesses and the local community. It is responsible for maintaining the bylaws and all of the operational functions in support of the Silent Witness program. In addition, the Board is responsible for raising funds for the payment of rewards as well as determining reward amounts to be paid.
The Silent Witness program has developed into an inter-agency task force, utilizing detectives from all Valley law enforcement agencies; its Program Director is a Sergeant who serves as the liaison between the Board, the media, and the various Valley police departments. The Program Director is also responsible for the functional aspects of the program as well as the supervision of the assigned detectives.
The assigned detectives serve as the investigators for the program and handle the daily aspects of the Silent Witness program. Currently, there are four Phoenix Police detectives and one or two detectives from other law enforcement agencies within Maricopa County working for the program. One detective is designated as a liaison to the Hispanic community.