Students who step forward with anonymous tips leading to arrests will be eligible for cash awards through the program, based on an internally recognized model.
School and police officials agree that most students want to do the right thing to keep their schools and neighborhoods safe but sometimes fear reprisals. The Student Crime Stoppers Program offers the safety of complete anonymity while promoting responsibility and allowing students to take action against victimization and crime.
Crime Stoppers Student Program was initially started to provide an outlet for students to get involved in the safety of their school. The vision was a safer place to for students to learn and for teachers to teach. It has proven to have accomplished this goal.
The Crime Stoppers program incorporated a way for students to get involved without giving the students identity away and still get rewarded for their efforts. The Crime Stoppers software used to report tips protects and blocks the user’s identity and gives them a reference number to communicate back and forth.
Crime Stoppers regular program normally deals with felony level crimes. School crimes usually fall in either rules broken or misdemeanors like graffiti, weapons, vandalism, thefts, car prowl, and drugs. Most of these infractions are payed out from school funds. These payouts are also determined by the school on these crimes and reports forwarded back to the Sheriffs department/ Crime Stoppers coordinator. As soon as the crime moves to a felony level the funds are rewarded through Crime Stopper funds.
Tips are forward to Crime Stoppers via phone, computer or text, texting being the most used by students. Information is gathered and sent to your facilities safety director and then the decision is made to act on the information. If a person is apprehended, then a report is filed and sent back to the Sheriffs Coordinator. The tipster calls back within 2 days and using the code given to them, they are informed whether a reward is due. Rewards are paid at a local bank and the only thing necessary to receive the cash reward is the code given at the time of the original tip. No names, no identification.
What you need to get started and be successful:
· Minimum of $1000 held by Crime Stoppers to pay your school rewards and $250 to pay for the individual school texting setup with our software provider. School rewards of $10 to $100 come out of this fund.
· Full support and buy in from school staff and administration.
· Class/student officers to support and promote the program.
With all things considered in starting a program in your school, we believe having anonymous student programs and developing good student citizens will help provide the safe environment your students and teachers deserve. If you need more information I would be glad to meet with you at your convenience.
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