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CrimeStoppers Offers Rewards for Tips

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     Law Enforcement officers around southern West Virginia don't work in a vacuum; they rely on tips from the community to help bring in the bad guys.

     CrimeStoppers is an agency outside of law enforcement that provides rewards to callers in exchange for tips on crimes that lead to an arrest and conviction.
     Those rewards are based on a variety of criteria including the severity of the crime and even the risk to the caller.

     As a part of the program, callers remain completely anonymous and are only assigned a code number.  Leaders with CrimeStoppers say they don't want personal information from those who call in, and that helps protect the tipsters.

"We can't tell what we don't know," said CrimeStoppers president, Lynn O'Brien. "I think that's one of the most positive parts of CrimeStoppers."

     O'Brien said it can take time to pay out rewards, because they have to wait for the legal process to work.

     The tip line of 304-255-STOP is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.