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Sims teams with Providence to eliminate illegal guns

­Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Angel Taveras and the Providence Police Department have created an anonymous tip line that residents can use to report illegal guns in Rhode Island’s capital city.

The Illegal Gun Tip Line – 1-855-776-7100 – offers anonymity and cash rewards up to $1,000 to people who provide information that leads to the acquisition of an illegal, functional firearm.

Modeled on gun tip lines that have had success in Washington, D.C. and other cities, the tip line is completely anonymous and confidential. People who provide tips will not be asked to give their names or other personal information, and the tips will not be recorded or traced in any way.

Individuals can provide tips in three ways:

  • By calling 1-855-776-7100 at any time;
  • By texting ‘PPDTIP’ plus your tip to CRIMES (274637);
  • Via an anonymous web-form at

Cash reward amounts will be determined by a review committee chaired by Providence Police Commander Thomas Oates, based on the individual context of each case. Criteria will include whether an arrest was made, the number of firearms acquired and other information. Individuals eligible for cash rewards will pick up their funds anonymously at an undisclosed location in the city.

Creation of the Illegal Gun Tip Line is made possible by Sims Metal Management, which has provided a $30,000 grant to establish and operate the tip line as a pilot program this summer and next summer. Resources will be identified to fund the tip line in future years.

“Safety is our priority at Sims Metal Management and that extends into the communities in which we locate. So we are pleased to help fund the Providence Police Departments illegal gun tip line,” said Anthony Izzo, regional president – New England of Sims Metal Management, which established its New England export terminal on Providence’s working waterfront last year.