The Crime Stoppers approach relies on,

           1) Information from the Community

          2) Coordination with Law Enforcement

          3) Support by the Media 


Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers

  • Crime Stopper Programs are organized as a not for profit organization (501(C)3 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 reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.
  • A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout Hernando County, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $5,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. 

Phone Call

  • Calls are received by the Crime Stoppers TIP line call center.
  • This phone does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers call center receiving the information completes the tip information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the local law enforcement.
  • Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information.

The Online WebTip

  • Tipsters also have the option of submitting tips online. 
  • Completely secure and 100% anonymous.
  • The Crimes Stoppers WebTip process is powered by the world's leading online tip solution provider, P3 Tips from Navigate 360.

The P3 Tips Mobile Application

  • Tipsters can submit an anonymous crime tip from the tipster's smartphone using the P3 Tips mobile app. 
  • Completely secure and 100% anonymous.
  • Once the tip is sent via the app, the tipster will automatically receive a confidential code number so they may add additional information to the original tip if necessary.
  • Using the same Two-Way dialog capabilities of online tip reporting, Crime Stoppers will be able to re-contact tipsters via the same regarding their tips.  Tipster can also anonymously upload photos, videos, and audio files with their tips.