CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Oregon State Police is making access to its non-emergency line easier. The public can enter *OSP (STAR-6-7-7) to report anything from highway hazards and obstructions, traffic safety, minor crashes, and requests for assistance. But OSP is also hoping the public will use the non-emergency line to help prevent a certain type of crime: poaching.
Troopers are hoping the easy to remember number will get callers to the right dispatch faster so that Oregon Fish and Wildlife can respond to a possible poaching call with a faster response time. Troopers call it the "TIP" hotline, or Turn-In-Poachers hotline. *OSP rings directly into the State Police Dispatch center and is answered by a live dispatcher 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"It will go right into that dispatch center and we can get a trooper out there," said Sgt. Jeff Proulx with Oregon State Police, Central Point Area Command. "Especially situations with wildlife and the habitat violations. We need to get out there as quick as we can because it's usually further out so it takes us longer to get there and they can dispose of the evidence and be out of there a lot quicker."
Only certain cell carriers have the option to use *OSP. Right now Verizon, AT&T, and US Cellular have opted for this service.
Callers can still use the original non-emergency line, 1-800-452-7888 or email TIP@state.or.us to report poaching. If you have an ODFW license or tag the TIP phone number is also listed on the back of the document(s) should you forget the number.