Crime Stoppers collects information to help police solve crime.
Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976. A cash reward was offered to anonymous persons who telephoned the Crime Stoppers hot line with information that led to the arrest of people responsible for felony crimes.
Crime stoppers is based on the principle that some people have information that can solve a crime but are reluctant to provide it to the police. This reluctance can be from a fear of reprisal or a mere reluctance to get involved. Crime Stoppers counters this by offering anonymity and paying rewards.
The Crime Stopper concept is a proven success with over one-half million crimes solved and three million dollars worth of stolen property and narcotics recovered through more than 1,000 Crime Stopper programs around the world.
Locally, the Gillette Crime Stoppers was organized and begun in 1983 and is affiliated with Crime Stoppers International and Crime Stoppers USA. In Gillette, the Crime Stoppers program has resulted in 322 arrests and recovery of $356,433 worth of stolen property and narcotics.
Three essential partners make up a Crime Stopper program. They are:
- The Community
Citizens form a Crime Stopper organization. They establish policy, raise funds, and determine reward payments in order to encourage other citizens to provide information about criminals.
- The Media
The news media (both press and broadcast journalism) provides the public with information on unsolved crimes and how to report information to Crime Stoppers.
- The Police
The police investigate information provided in calls to Crime Stoppers.
In Gillette, citizens with information about a crime can call Crime Stoppers at (307) 686-0400. Callers need not provide their name and efforts such as caller id are not used to try to identify the caller. The information is provided to local law enforcement officers to investigate. Persons providing information that helps to solve a crime are eligible for a reward. The information and results obtained with the information are presented by law enforcement to the Crime Stopper board. The board then determines if a reward should be given and if so the amount. The caller is provided an identification number when they give their information and they use that number to collect their cash reward.
Support Crime Stoppers Today
There are two ways you can support Crime Stoppers. The first is to call with information about a crime or wanted person. No one will ask your name, and you may be eligible for a cash reward. The second way is to make a tax-deductible donation to the reward fund. Your donation ensures cash rewards for crime-solving tips. With your support, calls to our tip line have solved crimes and resulted in the arrest of 322 criminals.
You can support Crime Stoppers by mailing a donation to:
Gillette Crime Stoppers
P. O. Box 2903
Gillette, WY 82717-2903
Because Gillette Crime Stoppers is a charitable 501(C)(3) organization, your membership is tax deductible.
GILLETTE CRIME STOPPERS
PROGRAM STATISTICS SINCE INCEPTION IN 1983
Crime Stoppers Board of Directors
This program is successful in our community because of the citizens who call in with information and also those who generously support the program with donations of their time and money. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to provide leadership to the program.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors please call (307) 682-6520.