What is Centre County Crimestoppers?
We are a volunteer organization of local citizens and business people dedicated to the reduction of crime, to the prompt solution of crimes, and to rewarding persons who provide information that leads to the arrest of criminals. Boiled down into simpler terms, Crimestoppers is a group of concerned people who gather funds to reward individuals who provide information anonymously to help out police agencies so that they can solve unsolved crimes.
What Type of Organization is Centre County Crimestoppers?
Centre County Crimestoppers is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation which was found in late 1990 through the cooperative efforts of the Pennsylvania State Police, Centre County Municipal police departments, and the citizens of the county. The By-Laws for the organization were adopted in September of 1990.
How Does Crimestoppers Work?
Crimestoppers utilizes a multimedia approach, for solving crime, designed to gather evidence and information on unsolved crimes through the cooperation of all the local media. Each week a fugitive or unsolved crime is selected by the Crimestoppers Police Coordinator, who distributes the information as supplied by the investigating agency to the media for publication. This will be know as the "Crime of the Week" and will result in a reward of up to $1,000 to the individual who supplied the information needed to solve the crime.
Why is Crimestoppers Different?
Crimestoppers is different from other programs designed to gather criminal information because in this program the informant can remain completely anonymous and still received the reward money. This is accomplished be the use of the Crimestoppers telephone hotline.
After the media provides the details of the crime of the week, they will also provide a telephone number for the informant to call. When an individual has information about the crime of the week or other unsolved crimes, they simply have to pick up the telephone and call the Crimestoppers Hotline. The caller is assigned a number with no names given. If the information qualifies the individual for a reward, their assigned number is publicized through the media with instructions for the individual to call the hotline again for further details.
How is the Program Administered?
Crimestoppers is administered by a civilian Board of Directors who have complete control of the operations of the organization. The Board, with the advice from all Centre County law enforcement agencies, and primarily the Crimestoppers Police coordinator, will determine the amount of the reward and which informant(s) merit reward money. (In some cases more than one informant can contribute to solving a crime.)
How is the Program Funded?
Contributions are being solicited from service organizations, social clubs, business men and women, corporations, and interested residents of Centre County. There is no funding other than donations. Crimestoppers is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, so all contributions will be tax deductible. Mail contributions to: Centre County Crimestoppers, 213 East High Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823.