November 19, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Program Implemented in Jail System
With the goal of
increasing tips about crimes committed both inside and outside the jail
system, Polk County Crime Stoppers has recently implemented a Crime
Stoppers program in all of the Sheriff's Office jail facilities.
The Crime Stoppers jail program, implemented this month, features posters
and an informational brochure to inform inmates about the program and how
it works. The posters are being displayed
throughout the jail facilities, and the informational brochure will be
given to all new inmates after being booked in.
Crime Stoppers will grant up to a $1,000 reward to inmates who give
information leading to an arrest or indictment of a suspect/suspects in a
crime. Inmates, who have daily access to telephones in all Sheriff's
Office jail facilities, are asked to call a toll-free 800 number
(0-800-226-TIPS from inside the jail) to report any information about
crimes committed inside or outside the jail.
Inmates who call in with tips will remain completely anonymous. A code
number is given to the caller at the time of the call, and the inmate is
given a toll-free phone number to call back and check on the status of
his/her tip and any possible reward if an arrest is made. If the tip
does generate an arrest and the caller is eligible for a reward, the
reward money will be given to the inmate after release from jail (if in
the near future), or given to a selected recipient (not in jail)
designated by the inmate. The reward system protects the identity of the
caller/tipster and/or the inmate's designated recipient.
Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media
A text only version of this release is also available.