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How it Works

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. To be eligible for a reward, the tip must be sent to Crime Stoppers by Text, Internet or Phone. 

All tipsters are anonymous, meaning we don't know your identity. We don't want your name and we don't want your number. If we don't have it, no one else will...EVER!

The Phone Call

Calls are received at a local Crime Stoppers tips call center. This phone is a stand alone instrument which does not provide caller ID, calls are not traced and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers police or civilian Coordinator receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as "Crime of the Week" and "Most Wanted" or any other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.

Because the caller is not required to give their name, 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.

Some tipsters may have a personal connection with those they are turning in.  From time to time, during the course of an investigation, a detective may unknowingly contact the tipster.  You have no obligation to identify yourself as a Crime Stoppers tipster to police.  If you do, your anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Members of law enforcement or those affiliated with law enforcement (such as bail bondsmen, court service officers, or bounty hunters, loss prevention, etc.) are not eligible for Crime Stoppers rewards.  The Crime Stopper program was designed to allow the ordinary citizen a safe means to provide law enforcement information, indirectly, without fear of retaliation and with the promise of anonymity.

The Text Message

Tipsters now have the option of texting us tips through their cell phone. TipSoft Short Message Service (SMS) is an application which allows tipsters to anonymously submit information to participating law enforcement agencies by cell phone. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today's world.

1 - Text "JCCS" plus your message" to CRIMES (274637)

2 - Upon reception of a tipster’s first incoming message, the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing their unique Tip ID.

3 - To submit follow-up information, the tipster simply replies. Nothing else is needed.

4 - All follow-up tips and even your replies from the application are written under the original parent record and shown threaded and date/time stamped in the narrative. The session may be terminated by the tipster texting STOP into the system at any time or by you manually selecting the "Terminate Thread" button from within the application.

The Online WebTip

Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today's world. Our WebTip process is powered by the world's leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software.

Simply click on WebTips at the top of any page on this web site, the "Submit a Web Tip" button or the "Give a tip" image to the left. A form will appear and you just fill in the blanks and follow the instructions.

For Emergencies or Crimes in Progress: DIAL 911!

Crime Stoppers is not for emergencies or crimes in progress. DIAL 911 for emergencies/crimes in progress. If you are the victim of a crime, you must report the crime to your local law enforcement agency.

About Anonymity

Crime Stoppers uses state of the art encryption technology to ensure Crime Stoppers tips stay anonymous. Phone numbers, IP addresses, etc. are not traceable. For tips to stay anonymous, tipsters must not divulge any personal identifying information within the content of their tips.

Two-Way Communication

All Crime Stoppers tips (except for phone tips) feature Two-Way Dialogue capability. This enables tipsters to return at their convenience, securely upload images, add additional information to their original tip, and communicate back and forth with the Crime Stoppers Coordinator. It also provides a secure means for the Coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface. Tipsters should follow-up periodically to answer any new questions that may have been posted.

Receiving Rewards Anonymously

If you are eligible for a reward, you will be advised of the procedure for picking up your cash reward using the tip ID number you were given. In no case will identification be required. In this way Crime Stoppers continues to protect your anonymity. Tipsters who call in information that is valuable and accurate in leading to the arrest and/or charges filed in relation to a crime are eligible for a reward of UP TO $1,000.

Johnson County Crime Stoppers will not pay rewards for information provided through any source other than tips submitted directly to its program via the anonymous tip-lines, website, text tipping program, or the Tip-submit mobile app. Tips received after an arrest has already been made by law enforcement are not eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers.


***Crime Stoppers accepts tips and information about crimes in order to solve or prevent such crimes. Users who communicate their own criminal threats by making them through Crime Stoppers are not considered to be Crime Stoppers tipsters; are not eligible for rewards; are not immune from prosecution; and are exempted from the promise of anonymity.***


Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers

Johnson County Crime Stoppers is organized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Although the organization works in close partnership with law enforcement agencies, it is not actually a law enforcement agency.

A civilian Board of Directors, made up of individuals from throughout the county, meets on a monthly basis with law enforcement to approve the amount of rewards to be paid. Rewards are anonymously distributed to tipsters. Tipsters are eligible for rewards up to $1,000 but may choose not to collect the reward. The volunteer Board provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. It also works to increase community awareness and is vital to the program's success.

Our Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fundraising. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. We DO NOT receive government funding. The reward money paid out by the program comes from donations by concerned citizens and businesses, fundraising and a small part from probation fees. This is truly a community-based program.

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, 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 police as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.


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