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WHAT IS A CRIME STOPPERS PROGRAM?
All Crime Stoppers programs share a common goal; they exist to help law enforcement agencies solve crimes. In every community there are people who have information that could help police arrest criminals but that information never reaches officials. Most experts agree that two factors impede this flow of information - fear and apathy. Crime Stoppers programs overcome these obstacles and provide a new channel for knowledge to flow from the public to the police.
HOW DOES CRIME STOPPERS WORK
Simply put, Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number that citizens can anonymously report information that may help police solve a crime. Callers are assigned a code number when they give their information and at no time are they required to provide their name, address or telephone number. The ability to remain anonymous is a major factor in overcoming the fear that many people feel. Callers are also eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information they provide results in the arrest and filing of ciminal charges against a suspect. The availability of these rewards can be a significant motivator to people who would otherwise remain uninvolved. By its' very design, Crime Stoppers overcomes the two major obstacles that prevent people from contacting the police through normal channels.
WHO MAKES UP A CRIME STOPPERS PROGRAM?
Crime Stoppers programs are made up of three components: law enforcement, the public and the media. Each element is equally important to the success of the program. The police should provide a coordinator who acts as a liaison between law enforcement and the Crime Stoppers board. They are also the recipients of the information generated and need to be committed to the concept and timely use of the information. The public provides the Board of Directors who is responsible for the guidance and direction of the program. The Board raises money to pay rewards and serve as the visible community involvement in the program. Media organizations publicize the program, keeping it in the public eye with success stories and the "Crime of the Week".
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