LBPD, Crime Stoppers encourage community involvement to fight crime
2009-12-18 · By Editor
The Long Beach Police Department is pleased to announce that it has joined efforts with the newly formed Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers Program, which offers the community an easy way to anonymously report crimes that occur in the city of Long Beach.
According to their website, “Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.”
Crime Stoppers collects tips by phone, text message or online through their website.
The police department began collaborating with Crime Stoppers, which was advocated by 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews, to establish a partnership that could give investigators the upper hand in the fight against crime.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization which works with various law enforcement agencies, the media and the community. They work with both public and private organizations to raise money to pay out cash rewards for information from anonymous “tipsters” that lead to arrests or criminal filings.
Crime Stoppers’ tips can be reported by either calling the toll free number at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by texting “TIPLA” to CRIMES (274637), or online at www.lacrimestoppers.org, which are all encrypted, scrambled and untraceable systems to ensure the “tipsters” identity remains anonymous (case law tested). Using the Tip ID # issued when information is provided, the “tipster” is also able to submit follow-up information on the same crime.
Tips are then sent on to LA Crime Stoppers for evaluation, and will then be forwarded to the Long Beach Police Department for follow-up investigation. By guaranteeing a caller’s anonymity and offering cash rewards, the program strongly encourages and motivates reluctant callers to share information.
Crime Stoppers provides a bridge between the community, law enforcement and the media, and with no cost to taxpayers or local/State governments to operate the program. It allows law enforcement agencies additional ways to investigate crimes and provides information across various agency borders, and also allows cross jurisdictional access and the ability to work together to have a virtual free flow of information while maintaining the “tipster’s” anonymity.
To learn more about the program and how you can report crimes, visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.lacrimestoppers.org.