Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that someone other than the criminals themselves have information that can solve a crime and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:
- Fear of REPRISAL
- An attitude of APATHY
- Reluctance to get INVOLVED
Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:
- Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes.
- Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest.
What we mean by Anonymous
It is vital to us that our programs guarantee anonymity. If the identity of one of our tipsters were made known it would destroy the trust Crime Stoppers has worked so hard to build with its communities.
- You will never be asked for your name.
- Your call will not be recorded.
- Numbers and online tips are not traced.
- You do not have to make any statements to police.
- You will not appear in court.
Local citizens are responsible for forming local Crime Stopper programs. Civilian-based boards of directors are made up of persons from throughout the community. Board members generally oversee the program, establishing policies and providing direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program.
These Programs, along with the media and law enforcement, come together in partnership in an effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement
Most boards meet monthly to evaluate arrests and decide on the dollar amount of rewards to be paid. The board of directors enhances the community involvement aspect, and its function is vital to the program’s success. Those directors are also responsible for fund raising and volunteer services. Programs are supported in part through tax-deductible donations from businesses, corporations, individuals, service organizations, and grants made available through the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund.
Crime Stoppers has enjoyed great success with the information it has gained from its communities. Today, community and student Crime Stoppers programs reach around the world and are represented by the Nation/Regions of the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the South/Western Pacific.