Simply put, Crime Stoppers is your anonymous connection to law enforcement.  You have information about a crime & you wish to remain anonymous, you can either call our 24-hour tipline (915)566-8477(TIPS) or you may submit a tip through this website through the web tips link.
 

The Phone Call

Calls are received at our 24-hour Crime Stopper specific call center.  The calltaker will take your information and ask basic questions about the crime.  The calltaker will give you a tip number and give you instructions on how to follow up.  The call center does not get your number, name or record the conversation.  Since you are calling our tip line, the only information that the call taker knows is that the information is for Crime Stoppers of El Paso, Inc.
 
The information is immediately entered in a tip system used specifically by the call center and Crime Stoppers of El Paso Inc.  The Crime Stoppers police or civilian Coordinator receiving the information completes the tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating  agency.  Tips are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as; "Crime of the Week," "Most Wanted," "Crime Spot" or any other crime the caller has information about.

The Online WebTip

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.

Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers of El Paso Inc. is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization (Charity).  Our board of directors is made up of volunteer members of our community.  The board of directors provides direction as to the financial, promotional, and especially the most crucial part of any non-profit, fundraising activities for the program.  The board of directors does not get involved or have access to the information provided to the program or any of the investigations.  That aspect is handled by assigned coordinators from a law enforcement agency that act as liasions between the program and law enforcement.

Tips are paid through a combination of donations and probation fees.  The equipment, and daily operations of the program are also paid by funds raised by the program.  Those costs include; computers, phone lines, call center service, specialized software for tips, and the filming of Crimes of the Week for distribution to the news media.

The Crime Stoppers of El Paso, Inc. board of directors, is also responsible for approving or denying any reward amounts presented to the board by the law enforcement liasion.

Does Crime Stoppers Work?

The answer is quite simply yes. Since the start of Crime Stoppers, 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 Stoppers 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 Stoppers 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.