FL Police, Crime Stoppers team again in 2012

Crime tips were up nearly 30% in 2011

The Forest Lake Police Department has recently renewed for another year its partnership with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota. By continuing to support the building of awareness and use of systems available through Crime Stoppers citizens in Forest Lake will be reminded that they can anonymously pass on information to help solve crimes.

Citizens who may be reluctant to give information about a crime or fugitive directly to the authorities but who still want to ‘do the right thing’ can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously and the information will be shared with the Forest Lake Police or whichever agency the tip information leads to.

Since persons committing a crime in one community often move on, this easy access helps the fight against crime across Minnesota. In 2011 the number of tips received by Crime Stoppers increased by almost 30 percent with tips being sent to 154 law enforcement agencies at the municipal, county and federal levels.

Support of Crime Stoppers of Minnesota gives police in Forest Lake a greater reach for collecting information about crimes. These additional methods to turn in tips help the Police add efficiency to its investigators’ time, speeds solving of cases and helps bring comfort to the victims of a crime.

People with knowledge about a crime or a fugitive can contact 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].

Users of smart phones can download an app called Submit a Tip and also send information. Crime Stoppers accepts tips in any language by phone; in English, Spanish, French or Somali on the Internet; and keeps 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 to fund the operations and payment of rewards can be made at the website www.CrimeStoppersMn.org by going to the Support Us page, and they are tax deductible.

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.