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Crime Stoppers works with the police, the media, and the community to create a confidential flow of information about crime and criminals. At the heart of Crime Stoppers is the anonymous tip, often provided by a confidential phone call.

The Anonymous Tip

Tipsters call the Crime Stoppers tips line and speak with a Crime Stoppers coordinator. This line does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. Information gleaned from the call is given to an investigating officer. Tips received can include responses to requests for information publicized by the media or other crimes the caller knows about.

By guaranteeing anonymity, Crime Stoppers allows tipsters to give information without the threat of retribution. Offering cash rewards for information leading to arrests encourages tipsters to provide information.

Structure of Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit organization. A civilian community board of directors guides the financial and promotional activities of the program. The board of directors leads fundraising and community awareness efforts to enhance community involvement, which is a vital aspect of the program’s success.

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