Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.
Crime Stoppers encourages citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies in their fight against crime, and provides Telephone Numbers, a Post Office Box and an Internet Web Address where persons can provide tips.
Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to the solution of a crime, an arrest or a grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
Crime Stoppers relies on volunteer Directors and tax deductible contributions from the public to administer this Community Safety program.
Calls to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or (509) 327-5111 or (208) 667-2111 are received at the local Crime Stoppers tips line. These phones do not provide caller ID, 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" 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.