Crime Stoppers is a multi-jurisdictional collaboration between Bowdon Police Department, Carrollton Police Department, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Zion Police Department, Temple Police Department, Whitesburg Police Department, and the University of West Georgia Department of Public Safety, with Carrollton Police Department being the hosting department. It is a significant grassroot movement that joins the news media, the community, and law enforcement as an alliance to involve private citizens in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers is governed by a Board of Directors in which volunteers are appointed for two-year terms. Each month a Board of Directors meeting is held in which each agency is given an opportunity to present details of a case in which they are seeking help to apprehend a suspect. A cash reward, from a fund set up at a local bank, is determined by the Board of Directors, to be given to anyone who calls in with information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Complete anonymity is allowed by assigning a confidential number to each caller. Once an arrest is made in reference to a particular case and tip, that number is publicized and the tipster who was assigned that number may go claim the reward. No tracking mechanism is used, thereby allowing the tipster to remain completely anonymous. Numerous media blitz of this program have been established throughout Carroll County with the Carrollton Police Department as the overseer.
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