Put simply it is a three part approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.
The Phone Call
Calls are received at the Crime Stoppers tips line phone. This phone is a stand alone instrument which does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers operator receiving the information completes the tip information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the local Crime Stoppers Coordinator. Calls are accepted regarding any fugitive or crime the caller has knowledge of.
By guaranteeing a caller's anonymity, Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to felony indictments or arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.
We are pleased to announce the release of our new P3 Mobile application for SmartPhones. The new app is free and can be downloaded by visiting the iPhone App Store or Google Play and searching for P3 (https://www.p3tips.com/website/index.htm).
The new mobile app offers great new features and benefits not available with any existing tip submission processes, including the ability to submit images and video, unlimited messaging length, fully anonymous two-way dialogue and even virtual chat mode when both parties are online. Our new P3 Mobile application takes things to the next level of effectiveness and efficiency.
The Online WebTip
Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very 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 capabilities 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.
Why We Have Chosen to Eliminate SMS Text Tips as a Tip Source
We have determined that SMS / Text Tips fall outside of our standards of anonymity, safety, security and effectiveness. Therefore, we are no longer using Text Tips.
Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers
Crime Stopper Programs are organized as a not for profit organization (Charity). A civilian community board of directors provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The board of directors enhances the community involvement aspect, and its function is vital to the programs success.
The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fund raising. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.
A Pueblo community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis.
Rewards are distributed in a private manner to the callers. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $4,000 on information leading to FELONY arrests, but despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.
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. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drug and firearm offenses.
The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be purely judged on statistics, however, other benefits have come to notice:
Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by 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.
Note: Crime Stoppers accepts tips and information about crimes in order to solve or prevent such crimes.
The following persons will NOT be eligible for a reward:
Users who communicate bogus/false tips or their own criminal threats by making them through Crime Stoppers are not considered to be Crime Stoppers tipsters; are not eligible for rewards; are not immune from prosecution; and are accepted from the promise of anonymity.