What is Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers?
It is a volunteer organization of local business and community members that are dedicated to the reduction of crime, prompt solution of crimes and to rewarding individuals who provide information that leads to the arrest of criminals. Simply put, Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is a group of concerned citizens who gather funds to reward individuals who provide information anonymously to assist law enforcement agencies with unsolved crime.
How does Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers work?
Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers utilizes a multimedia approach for solving crime. This approach is designed to gather information concerning unsolved crimes through the cooperation of local media.
What type of organization is Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers?
Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is a non-profit, tax exempt corporation which was founded in 1986 through the efforts of Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, Pennsylvania State Police and citizens of the state.
Why is Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers different?
The two main reasons individuals do not give information are:
- They are afraid of retaliation
- They don’t want to get involved.
Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers works around these problems by providing a toll-free number which allows callers to remain completely anonymous, Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers also adds the incentive of a cash reward whenever the information given leads to an arrest.
When an individual has information concerning the featured crime or other unsolved crimes, they simply have to pick up the phone and call the PA Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. The caller is assigned a special code number with no names given.
How is the program administered?
Crime Stoppers is administered by a civilian Board of Directors who volunteers their time. The board, with input from all involved law enforcement agencies and the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Coordinator, determine the amount of the rewards and eligibility. Committed reward amounts are subject to change and must be voted on by the board for approval amounts. The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers determines the actual amount of the reward for each incident.
Who is NOT Eligible to Receive a Reward Payment
Victims of crimes
Witnesses of crimes who have either identified themselves or been identified by law enforcement or the media as a Crime Stoppers tipster before a reward is paid to that person.
Tipsters who identify themselves in any way, even to law enforcement, either before or after providing a tip to Crime Stoppers, but before receiving their reward. Tipsters must always remain anonymous. This is for the tipster’s safety. If tipster has identified himself or herself to any law enforcement officer or the public, either before or after submitting their tip but before a reward payment can be made to the tipster, that person will not be eligible for a reward from Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.
The person or persons who committed or were otherwise involved in the planning or commission of the crime or, at anytime, harbored or concealed the person(s) responsible.
Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers will be under no obligation to pay any reward if it is shown that the person committed a crime during the process of obtaining the information that was submitted as a Tip.
Tipsters MUST REMAIN ANONYMOUS.
How is the program funded:
Contributions are being solicited from service organizations, social clubs, business men and women, corporations and interested citizens, as well as fund raising events. Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization under Section 501(C) (3) of the IRS Code, all contributions are tax deductible. Mail contributions to:
Pa Crime Stoppers, Inc.
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
All Donations are Tax Deductible – Tax ID # 22-2694833
Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers cannot be responsible for how our reward is stated by other parties such as newspapers and the electronic media.