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.