Santa Maria residents now have a new phone number they can use to call the Police Department with information and tips about serious crimes.
As the Santa Maria Police Department's Special Enforcement Team and Detective Bureau frequently receive calls regarding a variety of crimes, gang-related activity, suspects and drug offenses, the new tipline was created in an effort to streamline communication between citizens and the department's detectives.
The phone number is intended for information about serious crimes that would be investigated by detectives.
People now can dial the Santa Maria Police Department's main phone number 928-3781, and when they reach the automated menu, they can dial COPS (2677). The phone call will go directly to a voicemail, where members of the public can leave a message.
The messages can be anonymous, or people can leave their names and phone numbers in the event they want to be contacted by an officer.
The phone number will not be monitored around the clock, so in the case of emergency, people still are advised to call 911.