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 local 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 call taker takes your information and passes it on to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as "Wanted Suspects" or such other felony crime(s) 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 retaliation. By offering cash rewards for information leading to a felony arrest, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.
Many tipsters have a personal connection with those they are turning in. From time to time, during the course of an investigation, a detective may unknowingly contact the tipster. You have no obligation to identify yourself as a Crime Stoppers tipster to police. If you do, your anonymity cannot be guaranteed.
Members of law enforcement or those affiliated with law enforcement (such as bail bondsmen, court service officers, or bounty hunters, loss prevention, etc.) are not eligible for Crime Stoppers rewards. The Crime Stopper program was designed to allow the ordinary citizen a safe means to provide law enforcement information, indirectly, without fear of retaliation and with the promise of anonymity.