About the Crime Stoppers Program

The first Crime Stoppers program began in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a result of the Homicides of a young gas station attendant. The detective investigating the case had exhausted all leads but was convinced the public had the information that could assist in solving the crime. He approached a local television station asking them to air a reenactment of the crime. He set up an anonymous tip line and offered a reward for information leading to an arrest. As a result, the detective received the tip that led to the arrest of the individuals responsible for this senseless crime. The cooperation between the media, law enforcement and the public played an important role in establishing the first Crime Stoppers program. Today, there are over 1200 Crime Stoppers organizations worldwide. Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc. was formed in January of 2001 to better serve the citizens of Pinellas County in the fight against crime. The Board of Directors is made up of a cross section of concerned citizens that meet on a monthly basis to approve reward amounts, promote community awareness of the program and conduct fundraisers. The Crime Stoppers Coordinator oversees the daily program operations and coordinates the efforts of the community, law enforcement and the media in a unified attempt to reduce crime in Pinellas County. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office employs and houses the Pinellas Crime Stoppers Coordinator through a grant with the office of the Attorney General Crime Stoppers Trust Fund. When you call Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, you NEVER have to give your name, just your information.

Reward Information and Conditions

Anonymous tipsters who contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County and give information, which law enforcement confirms, that led directly to the arrest of an adult or juvenile in an unsolved crime or the arrest of a wanted fugitive will be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.00. Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County will not pay rewards for information provided through any source other than tips submitted directly to its program via its anonymous tip-line, website, text tipping program, or the Tip-submit mobile app. Tips received after an arrest has already been made by law enforcement are not eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County. The person providing the information must have no involvement in the criminal act reported. Any person seeking compensation through Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc., who does not remain anonymous, to also include confidential informants, bail bondsmen, bounty hunters, etc., will not be eligible for rewards from Crime Stoppers. The amount of reward is the sole responsibility of the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc. This reward is subject to modification or revocation at any time without prior notice. Crime Stoppers, which does not have knowledge of tip providers’ identities, will resist all efforts to attempt to identify providers of tips to Crime Stoppers unless the information is a matter of imminent danger or a matter of national security.