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Fillmore County Sheriff extends work with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota


Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Court

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office is beginning another year of partnership with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to help citizens anonymously pass on information to help solve crimes. Through this partnership, the Fillmore County Sheriff continues to support the building of awareness and use of systems available through Crime Stoppers to collect information about crimes. Citizens who may be reluctant to step forward with information about a crime or fugitive directly to the Police but who still want to "do the right thing" can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously and the information will then be shared with the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office or whichever agency the tip information leads to. It is common for somebody to have information but reluctant to come forward as the Department of Justice reports that less than 50 percent of crime is reported to the authorities. Tips to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota have been increasing and shared last year with 103 different Law Enforcement agencies across Minnesota reflecting the willingness of people to come forward anonymously to help solve a crime.

Persons giving tips to Crime Stoppers stay anonymous and may be eligible to collect up to $1,000 in reward. With these additional methods for citizens to turn in tips, the Fillmore County Sheriff may save thousands of dollars of investigators' time, speed the solving of cases and help bring comfort to the victims of a crime.

People with knowledge about a crime or a fugitive can submit information to 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]. Crime Stoppers' procedures accept tips in any language by phone; in English, Spanish, French or Somali on the Internet; and keep 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 which fund the operations of Crime Stoppers of Minnesota are tax deductible and can be made at the website. 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.

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