Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Crime Stoppers?
Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit community partnership that works with local law enforcement agencies to solve and reduce crimes within the entire county. By providing cash rewards for anonymous tips that lead to arrest, Crime Stoppers helps identify and capture criminals.
There are hundreds of Crime Stoppers organizations throughout the U.S. each organization operates independently and serves its local community.
How does Crime Stoppers work?
Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between law enforcement, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.
To report information about a crime call 903.567.7867.
Tips that lead to an arrest may result in a cash reward of up to $1,000.
How are rewards paid?
Every anonymous caller is given a unique identifying case number. This number is used to track the investigation and to pay out the reward. When an arrest from a tip is made the Crime Stoppers Board will determine the value of the award. The caller can call the tip line to obtain a status update about the tip and award and additional information necessary to receive the award anonymously.
Who decides when rewards are given?
The Board of Directors approves rewards, based on information presented by the Law Enforcement Coordinator and following an arrest. The board is only given information related to the facts about the case or fugitive and the unique identifying case number assigned to the caller. There is never an attempt to determine the identity of the caller.
How is Crime Stoppers funded?
Crime Stoppers receives funds from court system fees, as well as from community-minded individuals, local businesses, and organizations. Donations are used to fund rewards and to promote the organization in order to generate tips.
How do I report a crime?
Anonymous tips can be called in to 903.567.7867.