Crime Stoppers facilitates a three part approach to solving crime. Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound relies on cooperation between the police, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.
The Phone Call
Calls are received at the Crime Stoppers hotline # 1-800-222-TIPS. This phone line is a stand alone instrument which does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. Your call is answered by the hotline who will make initial inquiries, write up an information sheet. This information is sent (via special tip software) to the coordinator at the local office who then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as the crimes or fugitives featured on the Washington Most Wanted Show (Q13/FOX) or other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.
The Online WebTip or TextTip
Tipsters now have the option of giving tips online and via text message. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today’s world. Our Tip process is powered by the world’s leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software. The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilties allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but 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.
By guaranteeing a caller`s anonymity Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards UP TO a $1,000 for information leading to indictment and arrests, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information. Tips that lead to an arrest and felony charges of a suspect are eligible for a reward. Investigating officers decide which tip was most helpful for solving their case.
The following individuals are not eligible for rewards:
1. A commissioned law enforcement officer or other employees of law enforcement agencies and members of their immediate family.
2. Perpetrator or co-perpetrator of the crime if known.
3. Victim of the crime and members of their immediate family.
4. The fugitive.
5. Security Personnel, Bail Bonds Agent & their associates.