The Phone Call:
Calls are received at a Call Center using a local number: 972-436-TIPS (8477). All phone lines are encrypted and no phone calls are ever recorded. Tips are then sent on to the local Coppell Police Department for further evaluation.
By guaranteeing a caller's anonymity, Coppell Crime Stoppers allows the caller to provide information without fear of retaliation. By offering cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or criminal filing, the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.
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 Programs are organized as a not-for-profit organization (charity). A civilian community board of directors provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The board of directors enhances the community involvement aspect, and its function is vital to the program's success.
The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fund raising. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.
A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $1,000. Reward tips are paid out based on the severity of the crimes. Callers are eligible for rewards up to $1,000, but, despite this, many callers choose not to collect their rewards.