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How it Works

Put simply, it is a three part approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.  

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The Phone Call

Calls are received at the local Crime Stoppers tips line phone. This phone is a stand alone instrument, which does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers police or civilian Coordinator receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries, and then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as "Crime of the Month" or such other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.

By guaranteeing a caller`s anonymity Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to indictment or arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.

The Online WebTip

Tipsters now have the option of giving tips online. The process is completely secure, anonymous, and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with Crime Stoppers in today's world. Our WebTip process is powered by the world's leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software.  

The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilties allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.

Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers

Crime Stopper Programs are organized as a charitable organization (Charity). A civilian community Board of Directors provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The Board of Directors enhances community involvement and its function is vital to the program's success.

The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fundraising. Reward money paid out by the program is from fundraising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.

A community Board of Directors, made up of persons throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid.  Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the tipsters. Tipsters are eligible for rewards up to $2,000, however, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.

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