ABOUT CRIME STOPPERS
[Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound services the following communities: KING, SNOHOMISH, KITSAP, WHATCOM and ISLAND COUNTIES.]
Crime Stoppers is a non- profit organization that 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 provides a telephone number, Web and mobile Tips to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime. Although we receive tips into the program 24/7, tips are not monitored 24/7.
Callers can remain ANONYMOUS and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an ARREST & CHARGES or grand jury indictment of a felony offender. (ANONYMOUS means that we have NO WAY of knowing ANYTHING about you- you are a tip ID number ONLY. WE do NOT have caller ID so when you call the 800 number, we have no way of knowing the number or who you are.)
(NOTE: We are NOT law enforcement, therefore we do NOT file reports nor investigate crime. We forward your tip to law Enforcement investigating those crimes. We do not take tips from victims of a crime as they must file a report with Law Enforcement for a crime to exist. They must then continue to work with the detective assigned to their case.)
Crime Stoppers relies on volunteer Directors and tax deductible contributions from the public in order to operate the administration of the program.
MANY have asked for an explanation as to how the REWARD process keeps you anonymous:
THE TIP REWARD PROCESS
NOTE: Rewards are 'UP TO' $1,000
AND an automatic $1K for HOMICIDE & BANK ROBBERY
(All other rewards are calculated based on severity of Crime and number of charges.)
Here is the TIP REWARD process (which does take time in order to maintain your anonymity): Because we are a non profit, we answer to a board of directors that meets once each month. At the meeting, the rewards are approved and checks signed. These checks are associated with your TIP ID# and your chosen PIN#. (You must not lose these numbers!) These checks are then POSTAL mailed to a contact at corporate Bank of America who then files reports and distributes them to the different branches by POSTAL mail as well. Once the checks are received by our contact, we are notified. Then, when the funds are received by the bank branch you have chosen, we are notified again and that's when we let you know that you can go to the bank to pick up your cash reward. When you go to your branch, you will ask for the branch manager (if the manager is not in - ask for the assistant manager). You do not show ID nor give your name. You simply state you are there to pick up your Crime Stoppers reward and you give them your TIP ID # and PIN #. You will then be handed your CASH reward.
Please keep both your TIP ID# and your chosen PIN# in a safe place; do not lose and do not share them with anyone. NOTE: If you share your numbers with anyone, you risk losing your reward.
After a reward is established with the tipster, the funds must be claimed in 60 days at the BOA branch. Unclaimed funds will be returned to CSOPS.
After an arrest with charges is made due to a Crime Stoppers tip, that tipster has 90 days to contact CSOPS by phone or the P3 tips APP to establish a reward: 1(800)222-TIPS (8477) or www.p3tips.com
If you call 911 or local police with an immediate location or urgent concern due to a Crime Stoppers and Washington's Most Wanted case, you have 24 hours to submit your Crime Stoppers tip. Please include in your tip information the name of the responding officer that you contacted.
The following individuals are not eligible for rewards:
A commissioned law enforcement officer or other employees of law enforcement agencies and members of their immediate family.
Perpetrator or co-perpetrator of the crime if known.
Victim of the crime and members of their immediate family.
Security personnel, Bail Bonds Agents and their associates.
If you call 911 first for urgent or immediate situations or work with a detective, YOU MUST place a tip with Crime Stoppers within 24 hours or you will not be eligible to receive a reward.
If you post your tip on ANY social media page, you will NOT receive a reward. If you contact MEDIA or WMW - this is NOT considered a CRIME STOPPERS TIP and you will not be guaranteed anonymity nor will you receive a reward.
NOTE: Crime Stoppers accepts tips and information about crimes in order to solve or prevent such crimes. Users who communicate their own criminal threats by making them through Crime Stoppers are not considered to be Crime Stoppers tipsters; are not eligible for rewards; are not immune from prosecution; and are exempted from the promise of anonymity.