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Crime Stoppers is a non-profit community program involving the co-operative efforts of the police, the community and the media.  It encourages people to call Crime Stoppers with information to solve crimes already committed, ones about to occur, and/or the whereabouts of wanted persons or missing persons, narcotics or stolen property.  If you have information that can help stop a crime before it happens, 222-TIPS (222-8477) or 1-800-222-8477 are numbers that can be called 24-hours a day 7-days a week. Our secure, encrypted on line tip is also available 24-hours a day 7-days a week. Click here to submit a tip on line or Text TIPSUD to CRIMES(274637).


Crime Stoppers is based on the simple principle that for every crime committed, someone other than the criminal has information that would solve the crime.


Citizens from the community often witness all or parts of a crime without being aware of what they have seen. They may unknowingly have information that is the key to solving the crime.  In some cases citizens are hesitant to contact the police in fear of retaliation from the criminal.  People from the community may not come forward with information because they are uncertain about who to contact in the police organization and what procedures to follow in supplying their information.


Crime Stoppers recognizes the reluctance of many citizens to become personally involved and guarantees anonymity to those who provide information.  Crime Stoppers provides a method for the community to overcome these obstacles and yet become involved in solving crime.


Thus, Crime Stoppers assists citizens in making a worthwhile contribution to stopping crime without fear of retaliation or involvement in a lengthy legal proceeding.  It also reduces apathy by offering a cash reward.


Crime Stoppers is an effective tool where the private citizen joins together with law enforcement officials to solve crime.  To the police service, the Crime Stoppers program plays a vital role and represents a valuable and sharp-edged investigative tool.


Crime Stoppers Programs, operating internationally, have a proven track record.  Since the initiation of the first Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 1976 by Canadian born Police Detective Greg MacAleese , the number of programs has grown to more than 1,200 programs in 26 countries around the world. One only need look at the arrest and recovery statistics to know that the wave that Greg MacAleese initiated that surged around the world is a staggering success.


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