Mission of Big Bend Crime Stoppers
Big Bend Crime Stoppers’ mission is to increase the safety of the Big Bend Community by assisting law enforcement agencies in removing undesirable individuals from the community.
Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that “someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime” and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:
- Fear of REPRISAL
- An attitude of APATHY
- Reluctance to get INVOLVED
Why Do We Need Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:
- Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes
- Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest
The Essential Elements of a Crime Stopper Program
Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount and method of reward payments, work closely with the police and the media and generally oversee the program. The directors are also responsible for fundraising, and all volunteer service. Tax money is not sought.
Crime Stoppers methods, objectives, successes and phone numbers are publicized on a regular basis by the media. An unsolved “Crime of the Week” is given special treatment with details published in newspapers, on radio and in certain cases a re-enactment on television.
A special Crime Stoppers phone with a well publicized number is provided to the community. Callers are assigned a special Code number and NEVER give their names.
If the information leads to an arrest, the caller is entitled to a reward. Typically this reward is cash, given out through a drive-thru teller.
Paid for by the Office of the Attorney General, Crime Stoppers Trust Fund