WHAT IS STUDENT CRIME STOPPERS. . .
You can be a part of
STUDENT CRIME STOPPERS
Earns $$$ rewards!
Don't Give Your Name
Student Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is a pilot program of Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County,
Inc., a non-profit, citizens organization created to aid the law enforcement community in reducing the
crime rate in schools, on school grounds, and in the community.
The Board of Directors is made up of concerned citizens, who actively help to guide the Student Crime
Stoppers Program. They are directly responsible for all fund raising and the administration of the
student reward monies. The Board of Directors meets monthly to coordinate projects and review progress
of the Student Crime Stoppers Program.
Day to day administration of the Student Crime Stoppers Program is the responsibility of the Police
Coordinator, a sworn investigator who is appointed to that position by the Sheriff of Palm Beach County
and the civilian Board of Directors.
The Adult Crime Stoppers concept originated in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976. Its success exceeded
all expectations. By the end of 1986 over 600 organizations were formed throughout the United States and
internationally. Although each operates independently, all rely on the original formula for success, that
is the commitment and cooperation of law enforcement, the media, and the public.
In January, 1994, Student Crime Stoppers was originated by the civilian Board of Directors of Crime
Stoppers with the complete support of the Palm Beach County Superintendent of schools and Palm Beach
County School Board. Student Crime Stoppers covers high schools, middle schools, and alternative schools
in Palm Beach County.
HOW DOES STUDENT CRIME STOPPERS WORK?
Without giving your name, a student with information about a serious crime may tell what they know, remain
anonymous, and be eligible for up to $100.00 reward.
The validity of information received on the Student Crime Stoppers "TIPS" LINE (1-800-458-TIPS) is checked
by the Police Coordinator, then dispatched to the appropriate law enforcement agency. For example, a student
calls in a tip about a crime that occurred in the school or on the school grounds. That information will then
be disseminated to the School Police. Now a student calls in a tip about a crime that occurred in the
community, that information will then be dispatched to the appropriate law enforcement agency. There are over
forty (40) such agencies in Palm Beach County. The student caller is assigned a special "code number", this
code number will be in numeric sequence as our adult program except the student "code number" will be followed
by the letter "S". This identification will separate our adult callers from our student callers. The office
staff will then advise the student caller to call back at a specific interval of time, to check on the progress
of the case. In all future contacts, the student caller is identified only by code number, thus maintaining the
When the information leads to an arrest, indictment, or disciplinary action by school administrators, property
recovery or narcotics seizure, the agency involved immediately notifies the Police Coordinator. This is included
in the monthly report brought before the Board of Directors, and the amount of reward is then determined. The
student caller is advised how and when to collect the reward money and the anonymity is still maintained.
HOW TO CALL IN YOUR TIP. . .
Calling in your TIP is easy. Just follow the steps below:
WHO BENEFITS FROM STUDENT CRIME STOPPERS?
- Call the TIPS Line at 1-800-458-TIPS (1-800-458-8477).
- Say you are a Student Caller.
- DO NOT GIVE YOUR NAME.
- Give the information about criminal activity at school, on school grounds, or in the community. You may be asked
some questions but you will NOT be asked your name.
- You will be given a code number and instructions when to call back to find out the progress on your tip. Our code
number is our only link to the TIPS Line. It is your responsibility to remember and protect that code number. If
the information you gave results in a success you will be given further instructions how to pick up your reward
and how much you will receive.
You do! Every citizen and student reaps the benefits:
WHO FUNDS STUDENT CRIME STOPPERS?
- Criminals are apprehended, disciplinary action by administrators is given.
- Stolen property is recovered.
- Weapons are taken out of children's hands.
- Vast amounts of narcotics are taken out of our schools and off our streets.
- Hundreds of investigative hours are saved.
- Fear of retaliation is gone.
- Peer pressure is lowered.
Student Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County receives NO city, county, state or federal funding. It is a community
project supported only by voluntary contributions of money, goods, or services. Donations are sought from private
sources, corporations, clubs, civic or social groups, professional organizations, retailers and the individual
citizen. These concerted efforts keep the Student Crime Stoppers program functional, providing reward monies and
basic operating materials.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Student Crime Stoppers works! But it needs your support if it is to continue to be successful. Contributions to
the reward fund are needed on a continuous basis - the more successful the program, the greater the funds necessary.
The responsibility of fighting crime belongs to all of us, not just law enforcement alone. Citizen involvement is
the greatest asset in assisting law enforcement. So get involved - help solve a crime - support Student Crime Stoppers.
STUDENT CRIME STOPPERS
"Your Call Could Be The Missing Link"
Earns up to a $100 reward!
Remain Anonymous, Don't Give Your Name