a web tip
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do Tips Work?
are generally made anonymously to our call center at
755-TIPS(8477), submitted via web, or through our Text (SMS) tips
submission. Callers are given a unique caller ID number to
identify their tip. Next, tips are transmitted electronically to
the coordinator. The coordinator then sends the tip info to the
investigator responsible for that area and/or crime. When the
caller calls back to follow-up with the coordinator, the
coordinator contacts the investigator to see if the case was
closed. If the tip leads to solving a crime or an arrest of a
suspect, the coordinator will submit it to the Crime Stoppers
Board of Directors for reward consideration. All reward amounts
are determined by the civilian Board of Directors.
Much Will My Reward Be?
amounts are determined by the board of directors. The
volunteer civilian board votes on each reward amount based on
factors such as: seriousness of the crime, number of persons
arrested, value of property recovered, and several other
factors. The only exception to this rule is that the board
authorized automatic $50 reward for all wanted persons with a
criminal warrant of a misdemeanor or higher degree.
Can Police Do with An Anonymous Tip?
law, a tip from an anonymous source does not in itself establish
probable cause for a search warrant or arrest.
So, for example, if a crime stoppers tipster provides
information on drug activity at a residence.
Police cannot take that tip and get a search warrant for
That tip would only be a piece of the puzzle.
Police must then develop their own evidence, (through
interviews, surveillance, and other investigative techniques) to
establish probable cause.
Then they can get a search warrant or make an arrest.
The crime stoppers tip is the key to providing police with
information that they otherwise would not have.
Then, police can develop their own evidence and witnesses
to solve the case.
None of this happens without the information provided by