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Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number and Web Tips to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime.

Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.

Crime Stoppers relies on volunteer Directors and tax deductible contributions from the public in order to operate the administration of the program.

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The first Crime Stoppers program began in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a result of the Homicides of a young gas station attendant. The detective investigating the case had exhausted all leads but was convinced the public had the information that could assist in solving the crime. He approached a local television station asking them to air a reenactment of the crime. He set up an anonymous tip line and offered a reward for information leading to an arrest. As a result, the detective received the tip that led to the arrest of the individuals responsible for this senseless crime. The cooperation between the media, law enforcement and the public played an important role in establishing the first Crime Stoppers program. Today, there are over 1200 Crime Stoppers organizations worldwide.
Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc. was formed in January of 2001 to better serve the citizens of Pinellas County in the fight against crime. The Board of Directors is made up of a cross section of concerned citizens that meet on a monthly basis to approve reward amounts, promote community awareness of the program and conduct fundraisers.
The Crime Stoppers Coordinator oversees the daily program operations and coordinates the efforts of the community, law enforcement and the media in a unified attempt to reduce crime in Pinellas County. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office employs and houses the Pinellas Crime Stoppers Coordinator through a grant with the Office of the Attorney General Crime Stoppers Trust Fund.
When you call Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, you NEVER have to give your name.