Put simply it is a three part approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between law enforcement, the media, and the general public to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.
The Phone Call
Calls are received on 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 law enforcement Coordinator receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as "Crime of the Week" or such other 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 retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.
The Online WebTip
Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today's world. Our WebTip process is powered by the world's leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software.
The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilties allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.
Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers
The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fund raising. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is provided from the fund raising and donations received from concerned citizens and businesses.
A civilian board of directors, made up of individuals from throughout Sheboygan County, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $1,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $1,000, but, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.
Does Crime Stoppers Work?
The answer is quite simply yes. Since the beginning of Crime Stoppers' programs, many calls have been received nationwide resulting in thousands of arrests and the recovery of substantial amounts of property and drugs. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drugs and firearm offenses.
The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be judged only on statistics, there are other benefits:
Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by law enforcement as a valid and effective investigative tool. The public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.