How does Crime Stoppers work?
breaks through these barriers by giving people the opportunity to
without directly speaking to police or
having to testify in
investigators need witnesses to help prove their case in court, but most
importantly they need information that allows them to zero in on a
suspect or a
criminal operation such as a drug trafficking network.
Tips to Crime
does not give police evidence they require to
individual but puts them on the right track to solve crime.
rewards from Crime Stoppers also motivate some people to call anonymously with
information that will be vital to investigators.
Washington County Crime Stoppers has an outsourced service with
certified live person answering the phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
With a good tip
is received and an arrest is imminent,
the board has a teleconference
and agrees on an amount to be paid to the informant.
successful arrest based on the tip, the informant is paid cash
procedure at a local bank.
There are three(3) critical partners are essential to a
Crime Stoppers program:
Partner 1 of 3 - The Community
the foundation of a local Crime Stoppers program. There are
serve as volunteer directors on the Crime Stoppers board with
responsibility to operate the non-profit corporation, raise
funds and approve reward payments when crimes are solved.
Members of the
public support Crime Stoppers at public events and
And there are
others who call Crime Stoppers when they have information
Partner 2 of 3 - The Media
outlets have responsibility for promoting Crime Stoppers
unsolved crimes and
appeals to raise funds for the program.
On an ongoing
basis newspapers as well as radio and television
stations in the
community undertake to
broadcast a Crime of
the Week which highlights an
This appeal can
video re-enactment of a crime to give the
portrayal of what occurred and some ideas of the information investigators may
require to solve an incident.
The media also
regularly promotes the special
Crime Stoppers phone number.
Partner 3 of 3 - The Police
coordinator to operate the Crime Stoppers program on a
daily basis and
provide staff to maintain an office that takes tips on the Crime Stoppers
never asked to identify themselves and there is
no equipment in the
records voices or
traces telephone numbers.
guaranteed. (By State Law!!!!)
Those who call
Crime Stoppers receive a
code number that allows them to claim a
reward once an arrest has been made.
The police are
also required to investigate the various Crime
Stoppers tips and
report back to the
coordinator when a case is solved.