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Polk County - For this month's "In The Spotlight," we want to feature a non-profit organization dedicated to making our community a safer one.
Let us introduce to you the Heartland Crime Stoppers.
The Heartland Crime Stoppers organization provides anonymous cash rewards for information regarding crimes occurring in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.
About Their Program:
This Crime Stoppers Program began in 1982 from the efforts of the City of Bartow and the Bartow Police Department. The program grew to cover all of Polk County and in 1994, the program was incorporated as Polk County Crime Stoppers, Inc., a recognized 501C(3) organization.
The program continued to grow to include all of Hardee and Highlands Counties. With that growth, we are now known as Heartland Crime Stoppers to reflect the three (3) counties in the heartland of Florida.
Heartland Crime Stoppers is an independent organization, which is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors oversees all financial and business matters relating to the organization. The Board of Directors also approves and determines monetary rewards for tips which resulted in an arrest, the recovery of stolen property, or the recovery of illegal drugs/narcotics.
Through a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public, The Crime Stopper Program has proven to be an effective tool in fighting crime and identifying criminals in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties.
How Does The Program Work?
Heartland Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy. Put simply, Crime Stoppers is a three-part approach to solving the crime. Heartland Crime Stoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.
By guaranteeing a caller's anonymity Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to an arrest(s), the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.
Ways You Can Help:
1) The Phone Call:
When you dial our toll-free tip line at 1-800-226-TIPS, your tip information is received by a Crime Stoppers operator. There is no caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. Heartland Crime Stoppers receives the information and then passes the information to the Law Enforcement Agency covering that jurisdiction. Calls are accepted on any crime, no matter where the location!
If the information concerns information outside Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties, we will forward the information to the correct jurisdiction, anywhere in the USA.
2) The Online WebTip:
Tipsters have the option of giving us tips online. The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today's world. Our WebTip process is powered by the world's leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software.
The very unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for Crime Stoppers to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.
To use this feature, visit their website at http://www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com/ then click on the "Submit-A-Tip" tab to leave an anonymous web tip.
3) P3 Tips On Your iPhone or Android:
P3 Tips allows tipsters to submit secure and anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers on your iPhone or Android. Tipsters could receive rewards of up to $3,000 for information submitted to Crime Stoppers and nobody will ever know your identity. The app is even password protected on your phone, so only you can access it!
Enjoy the convenience of communicating with Heartland Crime Stoppers via your mobile device. No shortcode or keywords required. Auto-locate the nearest agency that you can submit to or select an agency manually. Include images and video with your tips and have fully anonymous two-way dialogue and real-time chat with the receiving agency.
To install this free app, tipsters can search for P3 Tips on the Apple App Store or Android Market.