How does Grand Prairie Crime Stoppers work?
You have information relative to a crime and you decide to call 972- 988 -TIPS (8477) with that information. Your call is received and is automatically forwarded to a trained operator at a call center. The operator there will take all the information, enter it into a computer database, and at the same time give you an ID number. DON'T lose that number. If you do, you will loose your connection to the case. Since that is the only way to identify the case, we will not be able to follow up with any other information. You can then use that number to contact our Crime Stoppers Coordinator if you have additional information you'd like to add to the investigation.
Once our Police Coordinator receives the tip from the database, it will be forwarded to the appropriate investigative unit who will be working that particular case. As progress is made, it will be noted to the file and you can check the status of the case by using your ID number. Once the case is solved, a community based civilian board of directors will discuss the payment amount for each particular tip and may award a reward amount of up to $2,500.00. Once a cash reward is approved, the next time you follow-up on your tip, you will be given another unique private ID number and instructed how to receive your reward. All you have to do is go to a prearranged bank, give the teller (in the drive through) your reward ID number, and they will in turn give you your CASH reward. This is all done anonymously! You don't even have to give out your name!
Is Crime Stoppers really anonymous?
Grand Prairie Crime Stoppers is governed by Texas Government Code 414. Government Code 414.008 protects the information given to Crime Stoppers, making it privileged and ensuring a tipsters anonymity. Our tip line does not ask for any personal information of a tipster including name, address, location. Because of the use of unique ID numbers and the fact that there is no collection of personal information, it is virtually impossible to trace where the tip came from.
Is Crime Stoppers part of the Grand Prairie Police Department?
No. It is important to understand that Grand Prairie Crime Stoppers (GPCS) is a private, non-profit entity. Grand Prairie Crime Stoppers does not complete any investigative work. The Grand Prairie Police Department assigns a Police Coordinator to the organization. The coordinator receives the tips and works with the Police Department to complete any investigation. If the tip helps solve a crime or leads to the apprehension of a wanted subject, then a reward may be paid out for that information.
How is Grand Prairie Crime Stoppers funded?
Grand Prairie Crime Stoppers (GPCS) operate completely from probation fees from the courts, donations, and grants. Our primary funding base comes from probation fees for cases filed in Dallas County, from the citizens in the community, and business donations. The GPCS Program is governed by The Grand Prairie Crime Commission. NO salaries or Rent come out of our budget.
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