Community tipline

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SHERMAN -- Sherman police are using a brand new tool to help catch criminals, and the community is the key to making it work. Law enforcement across the country use hotlines to solve crimes now Sherman is joining agencies nationwide.

"We haven't had anything like this in the past this is going to be something new with the police department here in Sherman and we think it's going to be a good tool," said Sgt. Bruce Dawsey with the Sherman police.

Suspects tend to brag about the crimes they've committed, Dawsey says. Police are encouraging residents to report what they hear can provide police with leads....

"With some of the past shootings we're if we'd had this in place it probably would have been beneficial."

Officers are publicizing the new hotline number in the community, even posting flyers on the walls of Sherman schools...

"Kids know a lot of information and they may hear things from their parents they'll hear things from other students and it's a good source of information"

The confidential number is already up and running, and depending on the time of day, a person may speak to a live person, or leave a message on a recording.

The hotline number is 903-892-7299.

Police encourage anyone who thinks they may have information to call.

"They may see it on the news and realize they actually did some good by helping us solve a crime."

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