Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization working with the community, law enforcement and the news media to help solve crimes. Crime Stoppers began in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico when a young detective, frustrated by the number of unsolved cases had exhausted their leads and looked to the public for help.
The local community, media, and law enforcement joined together in partnership to create Crime Stoppers. Money from private and public sectors was raised to pay for cash rewards for crime tip information. Today, there are over 1,400 Crime Stoppers Programs worldwide.
The Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers Program includes members from law enforcement agencies, radio, television, newspapers, Internet bloggers and community members, all volunteering their efforts to solve crimes within Los Angeles County.
How Crime Stoppers Works
People with knowledge about crimes that have occurred can call a hotline, text or log into the Crime Stoppers website, and provide crime tip information. The tipster’s identity is always encrypted and a private code is assigned to the tipster. If the information leads to an arrest, the tipster is eligible to receive a reward of up to $1,000.