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 routed to our Crime Stoppers call center, located outside the state, so tipsters voices are not recognized. Conversations are not recorded and no call data is collected. The Crime Stoppers Coordinator receiving the information makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating law enforcement agency.

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.
 
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The P3 Tips Mobile Application

Tipsters also have the option of sending an anonymous crime tip via 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 a confidential code number so they can add additional information, nd receive reward instructions.  Tipsters can also anonymously upload photos, videos and audio files with their tips. 

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


The Online Web Tip

Tipsters have the option of giving tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous, and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us.

The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities allow the tipster to provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for the coordinator to ask any follow-up questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.

 


Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers of Sarasota is a private, 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. 

A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the Sarasota area, meets monthly to evaluate arrests and decide on the size of rewards to be paid. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the tipsters. While callers are eligible for rewards up to $5,000, many Tipsters choose not to collect their rewards.


Does Crime Stoppers Work?

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

The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be judged purely on statistics. Other benefits have to notice are:

*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.