Crime Stoppers

SHERIFF'S OFFICE

John Spezze, Sheriff
Joe McGuire, Undersheriff

641 West 3rd Street
PO Box 699
Salida, Colorado 81201

Emergency: 911

Non-Emergency: 719-539-2596
Communications Center Fax:
719-539-3648
Records Fax: 719-539-1077
Email: records@chaffeesheriff.org





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Chaffee County Crime Stoppers Hotline
719-539-5299

In partnership with the community and media, local law enforcement began an effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement. A cash reward is offered to anonymous persons who telephone the Crime Stoppers hot line with information which leads to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible for a crime.

The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success boasting an average conviction rate of higher than 90% on cases solved by Crime Stoppers’ tips. The Crime Stoppers programs worldwide have solved over a half a million crimes and recovered over 3 billion dollars worth of stolen property and narcotics.

Why do we need Crime Stoppers?

Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that “Someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime” and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:

Fear of REPRISAL
An attitude of APATHY
Reluctance to get INVOLVED

Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:

Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes.
Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest.

Three essential elements make up a Crime Stopper program:


THE COMMUNITY

Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount and method of reward payments, work closely with the police and the media and generally oversee the program. The directors are also responsible for fund raising, and all volunteer service. Tax money is not sought.


THE MEDIA

Crime Stoppers methods, objectives, successes and phone numbers are publicized on a regular basis by the media. An unsolved crime is given special treatment with details published in newspapers, on radio, and in certain cases a re-enactment on television.


THE POLICE

A special Crime Stoppers phone with a well publicized number is provided to the community. Callers are assigned a special Code number and NEVER give their names. If, after the investigation, the information leads to an arrest, the caller is entitled to a reward.

If you have information on a crime and would like to report it to Crime Stoppers you can call the Chaffee County Crime Stoppers hot line at (719) 539-5299. Remember you can remain anonymous and could be entitled to a cash reward.

For more information go to www.chaffeecountycrimestoppers.org