What is Crimestoppers?
Thursday, March 31 2011 @ 11:07 PM CDT
WHAT IS CRIME STOPPERS?
Crime Stoppers is a citizen, media and police co-operative program designed to involve the public in the fight against crime.
Crime Stoppers provides citizens with a way to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or potential crime of which they have knowledge.
Cash rewards are offered to people who call the program and their information leads to an arrest, recovery of goods or confiscation of drugs.
HOW DID CRIME STOPPERS BEGIN?
In July 1976, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a University of New Mexico student was killed during a gas station robbery. After six-weeks of investigation, the police had very few leads as to who was responsible. Albuquerque Police Detective Greg MacAleese thought that if the public was able to see a reenactment of the crime on television, a witness may come forward and provide information that could lead to an arrest.
Detective MacAleese was right. A caller contacted the police department the next day after seeing the reenactment. The tip information was enough to lead the police to the two men who were responsible for the murder and robbery. Within 72 hours of the reenactment being aired on Albuquerque television stations, the police had solved the murder. This was the beginning of Crime Stoppers.
Since the program first started, there are now about 1,000 Crime Stoppers programs worldwide. More than half a million crimes have been solved since its inception and billions of dollars worth of stolen property has been recovered and narcotics has been seized and removed from distribution.
HOW DOES CRIME STOPPERS WORK?
The Crime Stoppers tip line is manned by trained communications personnel who receive, process, and pass on tip information to investigating officers. Callers are given a code number which is used in all subsequent calls and callers do not have to identify themselves.
A reward of up to $1,000 is offered to anyone providing information which leads to an arrest for a crime. Rewards may also be made for information leading to the recovery of stolen property, the seizure of illegal drugs or an arrest on an outstanding warrant.
The media is a very important component of CrimeStoppers. An unsolved crime may be re-enacted and shown on television or may be publicized in a newspaper or aired on the radio. The media also brings the program to the attention of the public.
WHO ADMINISTERS THE CRIME STOPPERS PROGRAM?
A volunteer Board of Directors actively administers and is responsible for the program. Chaves County Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and is responsible for raising funds and the disbursements of rewards. The Board of Directors work in close cooperation with the Roswell Police Department and the Chaves Co.Sherrif Dept.
HOW IS THE CRIME STOPPERS PROGRAM FUNDED?
Crime Stoppers is a Community Project supported by donations of money, goods or services. Contributions from individuals, private sources, corporations, clubs, professional associations, retailers, civic and social groups keep the Crime Stoppers program functional. All donations to Crime Stoppers are tax deductible.