Crime Stoppers in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana was formally organized in 1980. The original founders of the organization include Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati businesspersons, local law enforcement.
Since the first call in 1980, Crime Stoppers in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana has grown successfully to serve the community by providing a means of communication for members of the public to provide law enforcement agencies with information on crimes or suspects without having to reveal their identity.
Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana Crime Stoppers is neither a police nor a media program. It is a partnership between the community, the media and law enforcement.
Today Crime Stoppers has TV relationships with: WLWT 5, WCPO 9, WKRC 12 ,WXIX 19 and Time Warner and radio relationships with: WDBZ 1230 the BUZZ radio, 55KRC and 700WLW and 97.7 LaMega. These media partners provide the public with information that leads to Crime Stoppers tips.
Crime Stoppers went online to better inform and serve the community.
Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky Crime Stoppers was founded in 1980, to promote the welfare of the community and to lessen the burdens of the federal and local government by;
- Assisting law enforcement agencies in the apprehension and conviction of criminals, recovery of stolen property and illegal narcotics
- Advise & train law enforcement personnel & the community.
- Helping motivate the public to cooperate with law enforcement agencies
- Stimulate and encourage the flow of information to, among and between law enforcement agencies.
- Creating and circulating films, videos, sound tapes and printed material about crime prevention and Crime Stoppers.
About Crime Stoppers in the US
The Crime Stoppers concept started in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976. A teen was shot and murdered during a robbery, in a well-traveled, well-lit area of town on a busy Friday night. Weeks of investigation turned up no clues, and no one who saw the incident offered information or assistance.
Detectives decided that there were two reasons why no one offered assistance on this case. Either the public was afraid for their own physical safety from the culprits or they just did not care or want to get involved. To solve the problem of fear for their well-being, tipsters were offered anonymity, and to combat apathy they were offered cash rewards.
Police could not offer rewards for anonymous information, so they needed a community board that could raise the money and pay the rewards. The community stepped up to the plate in masses.
In order to spread a detailed account of the crime to the community as well as the anonymity and rewards, they needed the help of the media. Assistance was offered by the media and the first ever Crime Stoppers reenactment was done. It resulted in a case-solving tip the very next day. Furthermore, it also solved 4-5 other violent crimes.
Word spread quickly regarding this incident and soon they were other U.S. programs. Crime Stoppers U.S.A. was formed. In 1982, Calgary, Canada (Followed closely by Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto) started a program thus in 1984 Crime Stoppers International was born.