Middle and Senior High School principals along with School Resource Officers can organize a Campus Crime Stoppers program under the umbrella of Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc. However, the program must operate under the guidelines of the "Crime Stoppers" program if a school wishes to utilize the existing tip-line and the Crime Stoppers name.
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc. operates under the format established by Crime Stoppers International, as do the other 1,000 programs worldwide. Crime Stopper programs around the world have a reputation of paying rewards for information leading to the arrest of suspects or the solving of crimes with the guarantee of anonymity.
The purpose of this program is not to intimidate students, nor is it to be considered a "snitch" program. Its mission should be to provide an avenue for students to be able to provide information regarding possible criminal activity in their school anonymously and without fear of retaliation.
When a school decides to form a Crime Stoppers program, it should coordinate its efforts with the program coordinator of Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc. The coordinator will work with the school and the School Resource Officer (SRO) in an effort to make the program as successful as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact Program Coordinator, Detective Lisa E. Haber, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813)247-8056.
DOES IT WORK?
The program was establised in every middle and senior public high sbool in Hillsborough County in 1998. Since that time the program has successfully resulted in:
645 arrests resulting in 839 criminal cases being cleared $95,500 worth of property & narcotics recovered $19,575 in rewards paid to anonymous students 129 knives, 11 firearms, and 31 other weapons have been recovered.