Date: November 19, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Crime Stoppers 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.

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Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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