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How it Works

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 Phone Call

Calls are received at 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 Coordinator receiving the information makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating law enforcement officer.

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 indictment or arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.

The Online Web Tip

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 Web Tip 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.

The P3 Tips Mobile Application

Tipsters also have the option of sending an anonymous crime tip from the tipster's smartphone using our P3 Tips mobile application.  As with online tips, mobile tips are also completely secure and anonymous. Once the tip is sent via the app, the tipster will automatically receive confidential code number so they may add additional information to the original tip if necessary.  Using the same Two-Way dialog capabilities of online tip reporting, Crime Stoppers will be able to re-contact tipsters via the same regarding their tips.  Tipster can also anonymously upload photos, videos and audio files with their tips. 

The P3 Tips mobile application is available for free on on the Apple App Store and Google Play



Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers


Crime Stoppers of Sarasota is a private, a not for profit organization. Its civilian-based, 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 program’s success.


The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations, fund raising, and the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.


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 $3,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $3,000, but, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.




Does Crime Stoppers Work?


The answer is quite simply, yes! Since the start of Crime Stoppers, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, and drug and firearm offenses.


The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be purely judged on statistics; however, other benefits have come to notice:


*A greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem.

*A willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation.

*Improved relationships between police, media, and the community.


Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by law enforcement as a valid and effective investigative tool, and through the public's overwhelming response, it appears to have accepted it as well.

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