Put simply it is a three part approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the:
to provide a flow of information about Crime and Criminal Activity.
Tips can be received via telephone, text or email.
Crime Stopper Hot Line Calls:
Monitored and available 24/7
All calls are Anonymous
All Communications are Encoded and Encrypted
Tips are forwarded to proper Law Enforcement Agencies for followup and investigation
Tips that lead to arrest and filing of criminal charges could be eligable for a reward
The Online WebTip
Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is an effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us 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 a Citizen Owned Not For Profit organization (501(c)3 Charity). The civilian community owned board of directors oversees the day to day business operations, fund raising activities, presentations, community involvement and what ever else is needed to support and continue the success of the program.
The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and community fund raising activities. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The rewards are paid from donations, concerned citizens and fund raising activities.
The Board meets once a month, agenda driven, committee reports, decide rewards to be paid and review programs progress.
Does Crime Stoppers Work?
The answer is quite simply yes. Since the start of Crime Stoppers, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property and narcotics. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drug and firearm offenses, terrorism and school issues and school violence.
The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be purely judged on statistics, however, other benefits have come to notice:
A greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem.
A willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation.
Improved relationships between Law Enforcement (police), Media, and the Community.
Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by Law Enforcement (police) as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.