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Crime Stoppers

Serving Northwestern Ontario and Northern Minnesota

Crime Stoppers of Northwestern Ontario & Northern Minnesota is a civilian, nonprofit, charitable organization that brings together the community, the police and the media in the fight against crime.

Crime Stoppers provides citizens with a vehicle to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or potential crime of which they have knowledge. Cash rewards are offered to people who call the program and their information leads to an arrest.

Tips are received at the local Crime Stoppers Tips Line 1-800-222-8477, via the internet https://tipshelp.com/ , or using a Smart Phone application. The tip line uses a standalone telephone which does not use caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. Web tips and Mobile tips are received by the program only after the originator’s IP address or device identity is removed from the tip.

The Call Taker will ask questions about the suspect and the crime, completes the report, then passes the information to the police for their investigation.  Callers are given a report number and encouraged to call or write back if they obtain further details that could assist the police investigation. The more details the tipster can provide about the suspect, the crime, and information to support the allegation, the more the police have to work from. Callers can also call or write back to inquire regarding the status of the investigation. Crime Stoppers takes information on all types of crimes including but not limited to driving offences, illicit drugs, Elder abuse, theft, assault, mischief, homicide, fraud and more.

The Police Investigation

The Police receive a report from Crime Stoppers outlining the information provided by the anonymous tipster. The police then conduct an investigation into the information provided. The tip information may be part of an already ongoing police investigation or create a new investigation. A Crime Stoppers tip is not considered evidence in itself. If the police are able to establish the information is true and correct, it is considered a tool in their toolbox which enables them to discover the evidence needed to make an arrest or lay charges. The more information and detail a tipster can provide to Crime Stoppers, the more the police will have to go on as they initiate their investigation.

The police notify Crime Stoppers of the results of their investigation. Crime Stoppers will update their records and wait for the tipster to call back for an update. If the tip led to an arrest, charges, recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs or weapons, the tipster becomes eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.