Elements to Crime Stopper Program
Why Do We Need Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime. It was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:
- Attitude of apathy
- Fear of reprisal
- 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
Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit corporation whose directors establish policy, determine the amount and method of reward payments, work closely with the police and the media, and generally oversee the program. The directors are also responsible for fundraising and all volunteer service. Tax money is not sought.
Crime Stoppers methods, objectives, successes, and phone numbers are publicized on a regular basis by the media. An unsolved "Crime of the Week" is given special treatment with details published in newspapers, on the radio, and, in certain cases, a re-enactment on television.
A special Crime Stoppers phone with a well-publicized number is provided to the community. Callers are assigned a special code number and never have to give their names. If after the investigation the information leads to an arrest, the caller is entitled to a reward.
If you would like more information or wish to report a crime, call (662) 429-TIPS (8477).