The Crime Stoppers approach relies on,

           1) Information from the Community

          2) Coordination with Law Enforcement

          3) Support by the Media 

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.

By guaranteeing a tipster's anonymity 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.

If your tip results in an arrest, you are entitled to a Cash Reward and will be issued a Payment Code.  Reward monies are collected anonymously by you at a local bank by presenting only the tip number and payment code.  No form of identification is ever required, so your identity is never compromised.

Citizens information - Click the below link for Hernando County Crime Stoppers Citizens Guide Brochure.



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, Anderson Software.

The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities allow the tipster to return and provide additional information to their tip at any time. 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.

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.

The P3 Tips mobile app is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play

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. 

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 law enforcement, media, and the community.


Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by law enforcement 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.