Put simply it is a three part approach to solving the crime problem. Crime Stoppersof Oconee County relies on cooperation between the COMMUNITY, the MEDIA, and LAW ENFORCEMENT to provide a flow of information about crimes, fugitives, suspicious activity, and missing persons.
Those who submit tips are called "tipsters" and remain ANONYMOUS. We do NOT have caller ID. We do NOT record phone calls. We do NOT ask for your name. Computer IPs are NOT saved. Locations are NOT tracked. A unique computer-generated tip ID and password are provided to each tipster. DO NOT lose your tip ID and/or password for the tips you submit. These numbers are the ONLY WAY for us to CONFIRM you submitted the tip and GET YOU PAID! Tips called directly into agencies, instead of Crime Stoppers, are not eligible for an award through Crime Stoppers.
A community Board of Directors, made up of persons from throughout Oconee County, meet on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to determine the proper reward amounts to be paid. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the tipsters using the unique Tip ID & password provided. Tipsters are eligible for rewards up to $2,000 when their tip leads to an arrest.
Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by law enforcement as a valid and effective investigative tool. The public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.