** CRIME STOPPERS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR CALLING 911 IN AN EMERGENCY. THE CRIME STOPPERS SYSTEM IS NOT CONSTANTLY MONITORED AND IS NOT INTENDED FOR REAL-TIME DISPATCHING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL. IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911**
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 very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities 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.
The Mobile App
The newest addition to the Crime Stoppers toolbox is the mobile app, for smartphones or tablets. The app is available for Android and iOS platforms and can be downloaded from our website, or from the Apple or Google Play stores under "P3 Tips". Once you download the app, you'll have to set it up the first time you use it, then you are ready to send in tip information directly from your phone! Remember - You can upload photos and video directly into your tip when you submit it, so if you have pictures or video of a suspect, vehicle or anything else make sure to attach it to your tip.
The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations, fund raising and a Crime Stoppers Grant Fund administered through the Florida Attorney General's Office. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved (The Crime Stoppers grant is funded by money collected through the criminal justice system specifically for that purpose).
A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the amounts of rewards to be paid, up to $5,000. Rewards are then distributed in an anonymous manner to the callers. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $5,000, but, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.
Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by police as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.