Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy paints a perfect picture of the effectiveness of Crime Stoppers.
About a year ago, a tip was received about a hit and run fatality case the Florida Highway Patrol was handling.
“Within 24 hours, we put the information on Crime Stoppers and someone called and said they saw the vehicle hidden behind the house,” Aloy said. “We sent that information to FHP and they solved the crime. It’s a powerful tool.”
As Aloy says, though, powerful is an understatement.
Nearly 700,000 arrests have been made across the country since it began in 1976 in New Mexico and more than $100,000 in rewards have been paid out.
The Crime Stoppers program in Santa Rosa County has been in place since 2000 and despite what some may believe about it, it is anonymous from the moment a person calls in with a tip to the moment that person collects his or her reward if the tip leads to an arrest.
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