The OnlineTip - P3 Tips
Tipsters now have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today's world. Our WebTip process is powered by the world's leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software.
The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface. Tipsters can even upload photos.
Facebook and Apps
It's never been easier to submit a secure tip. Now there is a link on our Facebook page to the same secure Web Tip server we use here. Also, iPhone and Android smart phone users can now get a free app utilizing the same server. Shop your app market for P3 Tips.
Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers
Crime Stopper Programs are organized as not-for-profit organizations (Charity). A civilian community board of directors provides direction on financial and promotional activities for the program, and determines reward amounts.
Crime Stoppers is funded by private donations and fund raising. The reward money paid out by the program is from fund raising efforts, and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.
The 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 $1,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the tipsters. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $1,000, but despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.
How Rewards are Paid
When a tip leads to an arrest or indictment it is presented to the board of directors at the next monthly meeting. The board determines a reward amount (with the exception of SPEEDY REWARDS) and a debit letter is transmitted to the bank branch chosen by the tipster. Only specific bank branches are utilized in South Bend, Plymouth, Michigan City, Elkhart, and St. Joseph, MI. When a reward is earned, the tipster will be given instructions on how to collect, and will never have to provide identification.
Rewards must be collected within one year of the tip reward approval date. After one year the tip reward is no longer eligible to be collected.