Calls are received at the local Crime Stoppers TIPS line phone. This phone is a stand alone instrument which does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. The Crime Stoppers Executive Director 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" or such other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.
By guaranteeing a caller'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.
When calling the Crime Stoppers tips line, it is very important that you try to answer all of the questions you are asked. The call taker has a list of questions to ask each caller. Some questions may trigger the caller to remember something else that may be vital in helping law enforcement to solve a crime.