In 1976 Police Detective Greg Macaleese, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, had exhausted all available leads in solving a murder case. Det. Macaleese decided to turn to local media and the community for help solving this murder, and the first Crime Stoppers program was launched. Today, Crime Stoppers programs worldwide have solved over a million crimes, recovered over 6 billion dollars worth of stolen property and narcotics, and enjoys an average conviction rate of 95% in cases solved by Crime Stoppers tips (CSI Statistical Information). There are over 1000 Crime Stoppers programs in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Bahamas, British West Indies, and other nations.
Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama offers cash rewards for tips that lead to the arrest or indictment of felony offenders. Like all Crime Stoppers programs, our tipsters remain ANONYMOUS. We do not have caller ID and IP addresses from tips submitted via the internet are deleted. Offering cash rewards is a proven way of getting the information needed to help law enforcement solve crimes and locate wanted criminals. But the real value of our program is that it gives people an opportunity to personally invest in making the communities where they live and work safer. Crime Stoppers works closely with law enforcement agencies to get information they need to solve crimes, but we are not a law enforcement agency ourselves.
Three Essential Elements Of A Crime Stoppers Program Are:
1. The Community
Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount and method of reward payments, work closely with law enforcement agencies and the media and generally oversee the program.
2. The Media
Crime Stoppers objectives and success, along with the hot line number and email address, are well-publicized on a regular basis by its Media Partners. Unsolved "Crime of the Week" and "Most Wanted" stories are highlighted weekly by the Media Partners through newspapers, radio or television. The public is encouraged to call or email information, or crime tips, to Crime Stoppers.
3. The Police
The Police, Sheriffs' Deputies, and other Law Enforcement agencies partner with Crime Stoppers by providing information on unsolved crimes and wanted criminals. Crime Stoppers publishes this information in hopes of getting tips that will solve the crime or lead to an arrest. Callers to Crime Stoppers are given a unique code number and NEVER give their names. Crime Stoppers forwards the information, or tips, to its Law Enforcement Partners for investigation. If the tip leads to identifying and charging a felony offender, the caller is eligible for a CASH REWARD. The unique number provided to the Caller is the means by which a reward is claimed. The Caller remains ANONYMOUS.
Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama began on January 8, 1981, as The Birmingham Area Crime Stoppers Program. As our Community has grown, Crime Stoppers has grown as well. The Crime Stoppers Program works!