Put simply it is a three part approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppers 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
All calls are received at the Crime Stoppers tips line at a Crime Stoppers Answering Service in Canada. These phone lines are answered 24 hours a day by specially trained Crime Stoppers Operators, all phones are stand alone instruments which DO NOT provide caller ID, and Conversations are not Recorded.
The Crime Stoppers Operator receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then relays the information to your local Crime Stoppers Coordinator. Communication between the Crime Stoppers Operator in Canada and the Fort Stockton Crime Stoppers Coordinator is all conducted via a special Crime Stoppers program which is only accessable to the Coordinator.
Should the Fort Stockton Crime Stoppers Coordinator have any questions regarding the information recieved, we have the very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilties. This allows the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides secure means for the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.
The information recieved will be forwarded to an investigating officer, with details only specific to the tip. 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.