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Typical Crime Stoppers Case Example

John Doe, returning home late one night, witnessed three men fighting. The next morning, based on newspaper and radio reports, he learned that he was the witness to a robbery and assault where two of the combatants were robbers leaving the third person seriously injured. Mr. Doe recognized one of the robbers as a patron of a local bar, but chose not to get involved since he was certain that the police would soon learn the identity of the two robbers without his help. Some months later, Mr. Doe saw a television segment of "Crime Stoppers" in which this particular case was re-enacted. From this re-enactment, Mr. Doe learned that the identity of the robbers was still unknown to the police. After some consideration, Mr. Doe decided to call the Crime Stoppers telephone number and relate his experience.

Upon receipt of the call the police officer assigned to the Crime Stoppers program recorded in writing the information provided by Mr. Doe and assigned him a code number, as Mr. Doe requested anonymity.

The officer then filled out the Crime Stoppers interview form listing the information received and relayed it to the appropriate police investigating unit and detective for their follow-up (this is accomplished by both telephone and writing). The officer assigned as Crime Stoppers Program Coordinator would check back with the appropriate investigating unit one week later to ascertain the effect of the information. If the information resulted in the arrest and prosecution, then the investigating unit would notify the Crime Stoppers Program Coordinator and forward a summary of the case. That summary would be reviewed by the coordinator and used to prepare a presentation and reward recommendation to the board of directors.

Once the Crime Stoppers felony case has been solved, a suspect indicted, and the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors has decided the amount of the award to be given to the informant, then the informant must call Crime Stoppers in order for a payoff by the board to be set up. Once the call is received, the informant will be asked to again repeat the information he originally provided for the purpose of verifying that they are, in fact, the right informant. A location will be set up, or other method agreed upon, for payment of the cash award by two board members (every effort will be made to insure the informant's or their representative's, if they chose not to pickup the money themselves, anonymity).

Organization and Operations of Crime Stoppers