Three partners are essential to a Crime Stoppers program:


The Community

Citizens form the foundation of a local Crime Stoppers program. There are people who volunteer as directors on the Crime Stoppers board with responsibility to operate the non-profit corporation, raise funds and approve reward payments when crimes are solved. Members of the public support Crime Stoppers at public events and through other fundraising activities. There are others who call Crime Stoppers when they have information that will solve crime.


The Media

Local media outlets have responsibility for promoting Crime Stoppers by publicizing unsolved crimes and assisting with appeals to raise funds for the program. On an ongoing basis, newspapers as well as radio and television stations in the community should undertake to broadcast a Crime of the Week, which highlights an unsolved case. The media should also regularly promote the Crime Stopper phone number and website.


The Police

Appoint a coordinator to operate the Crime Stoppers program on a daily basis and provide staff to maintain an office that takes tips on the Crime Stoppers phone and website. Responders are never asked to identify themselves and there is no equipment in the office that records voices or traces telephone or online tip numbers. Anonymity is guaranteed. The police are also required to investigate the various Crime Stoppers tips and report back to the coordinator when a case is solved.