Sex sells -- and it does a bang-up job at raising funds for charity, too.
The Silent Witness police hotline is having charity auction this week, and the top item for bid is a tour for four of the legendary Playboy Mansion.
Getting second billing on the Silent Witness auction Web site is the chance to be "cop for a day," with a leisurely helicopter ride, squad car ridealong and lunch with a command staff member. (If you pass a background check, that is). Sports memorabilia, tires and dinner served by local chef Eddie Matney are also available for bid.
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You can bid on some items right away from the Web site. Radio station KDKB (93.3 FM) will host a special morning show from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday to raise funds for the Silent Witness program. Donations go to the Valleywide program, which offer rewards for crime information and publicizes high-profile, unsolved cases.
Phoenix police Sergeant Paul Penzone (at right), who has been in charge of the Silent Witness program for several years, hopes the charity event is a good one -- he's retiring in June after more than 20 years on the force. He's taking a job with Scottsdale-based Childhelp, leading their national programs to prevent and heal child-abuse cases.