Northampton Crime Stoppers program unveiled

Published 5:03 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2023

JACKSON – Northampton County recently established a countywide Crime Stoppers program that will encompass information and collective efforts from the Sheriff’s Office and all law enforcement municipalities within Northampton County.

This program will aim to combat crime, solve crime, and get violent offenders off the streets.

Crime Stoppers tips are a valuable tool for law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve as citizens have the necessary tools available to contact law enforcement to report criminal activity, wanted persons, and assist with information in active investigations.

The Northampton program will consist of a Crime Stoppers website (www.northamptoncountycrimestoppers.org/) a P3 App (www.p3tips.com/832) and a phone line (252-645-9026) utilizing no caller ID where citizens can submit informational tips and interact with law enforcement anonymously. That phone line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.

The Crime Stoppers program will pay out a set dollar amount to individuals that provide law enforcement with valuable information that leads to an arrest of wanted individuals, help with solving crimes, and locating missing persons

The Northampton County Crime Stoppers program encourages citizens 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.

“We want to know about burglaries, robberies, drug deals, vandalism, violent acts and threats of violence, and/or any crime of a serious nature. In addition, if you know of a crime about to be committed, we want to hear about that, too,” stated Sheriff Jack Smith.

Northampton County Crime Stoppers provides an anonymous tip line, web tipping, and a mobile tip application to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies in the county and the local area in the fight against crime.

If the information provided is helpful and leads to an arrest and the recovery of weapons, narcotics, stolen property, or the capture of a wanted fugitive, you could be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000. If the information you provide helps solve a homicide case, you will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.

The information shared will be anonymous. Those providing information via the phone, the website or the app will not have to provide their names and the call is not recorded. Phone numbers or tips submitted online are not traced and those providing information will not have to appear in court.

The world’s leading online tip solution provider, Anderson Software, powers the WebTip process. The 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 the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface. Tipsters can be guaranteed anonymity and streamlines communication between law enforcement and the tipster.

Crime Stopper programs are organized as a not for profit organization (Charity). A civilian community board of directors provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The board of directors enhances the community involvement aspect, and its function is vital to the program’s success.

The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and fund raising. No tax dollars are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.

A community board of directors, made up of persons from throughout the area, meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid. Callers are eligible for rewards, but many choose not to collect the cash.