Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers
Crime Stopper Programs are organized as a not for profit organization (Charity). A civilian 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 programs success.
The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fund raising. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The funds received from these efforts are used to maintain the Tip Line, and provide training and equipment for local law enforcement agencies. The reward money paid out by the program is from payments we receive from the courts, which is paid by felons found guilty of crimes.
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 $1,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. Although callers are eligible for rewards up to $1,000, many choose not to collect their rewards.