The Crime Stoppers program is a vital component of the fight against crime. No matter how well organized, equipped or energetic a law enforcement agency may be, it cannot function effectively without the cooperation and involvement of the community. Crime Stoppers has proven itself to be one of the foremost community involvement programs in the world. It has solved over half million felony cases and recovered over three billion dollars in property and narcotics around the globe.
There are currently 93 Crime Stopper programs in the state of North Carolina. The Crime Stoppers concept was first developed in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lincoln County’s Crime Stoppers program is part of a statewide association of Crime Stoppers programs, all working together to reduce crime and improve the quality of life within their communities. The Crime Stoppers concept however, has a critical difference from other programs that involve the community. Crime Stoppers programs through its police coordinators are an investigative body working with citizens as one crime fighting unit.
There are people in the community who have information which could solve crimes, but either because of fear or apathy do not come forward with what they know. Crime Stoppers gives them an alternative to calling 911, working on the assumption that in some cases people who might not otherwise become involved would do so if they felt safe and/or were motivated.
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