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Now tipping pays off

Tipsters can be rewarded for anonymous information

Posted: December 17, 2009 10:17 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2009 6:30 a.m.
Those who help send criminals to jail and court through anonymous tips to law enforcement in Los Angeles County will now be rewarded, authorities said.

A new public-private partnership joins county and law enforcement leaders to launch a local Crime Stoppers program, according to a statement from Supervisor Michael Antonovich's office.

Tipsters will have the option to report information by phone, text or e-mail with complete anonymity, Antonovich said in a recorded press conference about the program.

"They will be assured that no one will know their name (and) who they are when they make this report of the criminal who may have been guilty of these crimes," Antonovich said in the video.

Those included in the new partnership are Antonovich, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck and police chiefs from more than 20 cities, the statement said.

The program was created in 1976 by a young detective in New Mexico who became frustrated by the number of unsolved cases in his jurisdiction, the statement said.

There are now more than 300 Crime Stoppers programs worldwide.

The programs have led to more than 500,000 arrests and more than 1 million crimes solved, the statement said.


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