Does Crime Solvers Work?

The answer is quite simply yes. Since the start of Crime Solvers, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drug, and firearm offenses.

The success of a Crime Solvers program cannot be purely judged on statistics; however, other benefits have come to notice:


  - A greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem.
  - A willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation.
  - Improved relationships between police, media, and the community.


Crime Solvers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by police as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.


How Are Tipsters Rewarded?

A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $2,500. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $2,500, but, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.


Under special circumstances, other crimes may be eligible for increased rewards when authorized by the Chief of Police or his designee.


In addition to the Chief’s Special Rewards, tipsters who provide information about the Most Wanted and Gun Turn-In programs are eligible for $2,500 rewards (per incident).