WCSO, Crime Stoppers renew partnership

BLOOMINGTON — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office recently renewed its partnership with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota for another year, according to Crime Stoppers officials.

The agreement allows Washington County residents to anonymously pass on information to help solve crimes. Citizens reluctant to give information about a crime or fugitive directly to sheriff’s deputies but want to “do the right thing” can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously and the information will then be shared with the WCSO or another agency the tip information leads to.

Since persons committing a crime in one county often move on, information given to Crime Stoppers helps fight against crime across the state.

In 2011, the number of tips received by Crime Stoppers increased by almost 30 percent, with tips being sent to 154 law enforcement agencies at the municipal, county and federal levels.

Support of Crime Stoppers of Minnesota gives the WCSO a greater reach for collecting information about crimes. These additional methods to turn in tips help WCSO investigators’ spend time more efficiently, speeds solving of cases and helps bring comfort to crime victims.

People with knowledge about a crime or a fugitive can contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), going online at www.CrimeStoppersMn.org, or by texting a cell phone message beginning with TIP674, then the message and SEND to CRIMES (274637). Smart phone users can download an app called Submit a Tip and also send information.

Crime Stoppers accepts tips in any language by phone; in English, Spanish, French or Somali on the Internet, and keeps the identity of the tipster anonymous. If the tip leads to an arrest or charging the tipster may qualify to receive a reward of up to $1,000 and still remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is a non-profit organization operating separate and independent of government and law enforcement. Donations to fund the operations and payment of rewards can be made at the website www.CrimeStoppers

Mn.org by going to the Support Us page, and they are tax deductible.  Crime Stoppers of Minnesota has been in operation since 1979 and today is among 1200 Crime Stoppers programs in 28 countries around the world helping to solve crime.