Local citizens are responsible for forming local Crime Stopper programs.  Civilian-based boards of directors are made up of persons from throughout the community. They work closely with law enforcement and the media and generally oversee the program establishing policies and providing direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program.

Most boards meet on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid. The board of directors enhances the community involvement aspect, and its function is vital to the program’s success. Those directors are also responsible for fund raising and volunteer services. The programs are supported by the public through tax deductible donations from businesses, corporations, individuals, service organizations and the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund.

Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that someone other than the criminals themselves have information that can solve a crime and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:

  • Fear of REPRISAL 
  • An attitude of APATHY 
  • 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.
  • Members of the local community, media and law enforcement, came together in partnership to begin the effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement,
  • Today, community and student Crime Stoppers programs reach around the world and are represented by the Nation/Regions of the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the South/Western Pacific.
  • Crime Stoppers has enjoyed great success with the information it has gained from its communities.
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