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! The concept has developed into a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Donations of airtime, newspaper space, and reward monies have established Crime Stoppers as an effective tool to fight crime in the area.