What is Crime Stoppers?
Crimestoppers is an approach to addressing a crime problem in a community. For example, when a crime is reported, police officers investigate the who, what, where, when, and why of the incident, gather evidence and interview witnesses. Today, with so much video surveillance in place in our society, investigators may have a piece of evidence to lead them to a suspect(s). In many cases, the identity of the perpetrator(s) is unknown. This is when the cooperation between police, the media and the public can provide a flow of information about a crime and the criminals who commit those crimes. There are citizens who have information that can help solve the crime. Some witnesses, or persons with knowledge of the crime, are reluctant to come forward out of fear of reprisal or even not wanting to “get involved.” Crimestoppers is the organization that will be the means and place where those citizens can report what they know, and do it anonymously. And, for the information that is provided, if it leads to an arrest of the person(s) responsible, Crimestoppers will pay a cash reward to that anonymous person or, as we refer to them as, a “tipster.”
Is Crime Stoppers a law enforcement agency or part of law enforcement?
Crimestoppers is not a law enforcement agency. It is a private not-for-profit 501(c)3 registered as a charitable organization in New Jersey. Crimestoppers raises funds to operate through donations from fundraising events or privately donated funds. Crimestoppers will assist our law enforcement member towns, boroughs or cities in publicizing recent crimes or offenses who seek the public’s help with information in solving the crime.