Three Components of Crime Stoppers:
Crime Stoppers works much like a three legged stool. Law Enforcement, the public, and the media must all work together to make a successful program.
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 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.
Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers
Crime Stopper Programs are organized as a not for profit organization (Charity). A civilian community board of directors provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The board of directors enhances the community involvement aspect, and its function is vital to the programs success.
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 comes from fees paid to District Court, and sent to CBCS via probation departments. These funds go into a separate account, and are monitored by Texas Crime Stoppers. In some cases, citizens can leave reward money in escrow with CBCS for specific crimes. The money will be returned after a period of time if the crime is not solved. Other information on funding can be found online . http://crimestoppers.txstate.edu/update1203.html
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 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.