Williamson County Crime Stoppers
Post Office Box 1509 Round Rock, TX 78680-1509
Crime Stoppers is comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives. Crime Stoppers provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community.
When a criminal case is not solved within a reasonable length of time, the leads diminish, the trail becomes cold, and the crime becomes increasingly more difficult to solve. Frequently, citizens possess key information that could aid the police in solving the crime. In many cases, however, they do not contact the police out of fear that they will expose themselves to acts of retaliation by the criminal. The Crime Stoppers Program provides a method of overcoming this limitation by allowing any citizen supplying information to remain completely anonymous.
The main body of Texas Crime Stopper legislation is found in Chapter 414 of the Texas Government Code enacted 1 September 1987. Included in this chapter is the establishment of the Crime Stoppers Advisory Council within the Justice Division of the Governor’s Office. Crime Stopper Programs, operating internationally, have an impressive track record. Since the inception of the first program in Albuquerque , New Mexico in 1976, the number of programs has grown to over 1100 in the United States and several foreign countries.
Williamson County Crime Stoppers, Inc was established in 1984, and chartered by the State of Texas as a private, non-profit organization.
Funding is provided by tax-deductible donations and payments from convicted criminals.
Williamson County Crime Stoppers pays up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest or indictment. Rewards of up to $500 are also paid to area students who provide anonymous tips about criminal activity on their school campus. The actual amount paid in each case is based upon the severity of the crime, the number of cases solved, the number of persons arrested, and the value of any property recovered. The amount of each reward is determined by the Board of Directors, based on a recommendation from the coordinator.