Frequently Asked Questions
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A. You never have to give your name or identity. Callers remain completely anonymous and are provided a secret code number when you make the call. You must keep this number to check back on the progress of your tip and/or to receive your reward payment. Tips are forwarded to other Law Enforcement Agencies who would have jurisdiction over the case and we rely on that agency to provide us with return information concerning the validity of the tip and if the tip did help in solving the crime or making an arrest.
Anonymous 24-Hr Tip Hotline: (903) 236-STOP (7867).
A. Tips can be made to the hotline or online 24-hours a day. However, following up on the progress of your phone tip is possible between 8am-5pm each weekday. Following up with an online tip is also availble via this website 24-hours a day.
A. Crime Stoppers can pay up to $1000.00 for information that solves a felony crime by arresting the person responsible. All rewards are paid in CASH and the amount is determined by the civilian board members based on a payment chart that considers the type and seriousness of the crime, properties or contraband recovered, and the number of offenders or cases cleared.
A. The board meets the first Tuesday of each month to approve the rewards. The caller is always told to check back after that date to be given instructions on where and how the reward will be paid.
A. The safety and confidentiality of the tipster is our primary concern. The location and method of payment is only told to those eligible for the cash rewards.
A. Never! Crime Stopper programs are successful because you always remain anonymous. Unlike conventional police investigations where you may be asked to give your name, sign a statement or testify in court.
A. The three main elements that determine the success of any crime stopper program are the community, the media, and the law enforcement agencies. The Gregg County Crime Stoppers board members have worked hard to promote the program throughout the county and subsequently we have earned the trust of the citizens, media and police. With your continued support we will work together to make our community a safer place.
A. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and is not funded by taxes. The reward account is primarily funded by court ordered payments for persons that receive probated sentences. The operational account is funded by donations and fund-raising events.
No, at this time tips left on the tip soft program are only viewed Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, we hope in the future to have the program monitored 24/7.