Anonymous Tips & Rewards
Crime Stoppers may offer cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of suspects and perpetrators of crimes. Persons providing information can call a telephone tip line, and remain completely anonymous; they do not have to give their name or any other identifying information in order to give information or receive their cash award.
The mission of Valley Crime Stoppers is to rally the community, news media and the police in a collective campaign against crime. Our goal is to help prevent and solve crimes in our community by giving witnesses a way to provide information anonymously.
The program is a local chapter of Crime Stoppers International (CSI), an organization that grew from the first Crime Stopper program established in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1979. CSI has chapters throughout the world. The program is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors who come from all walks of life and who appreciate the value of promoting a safe community.
How it Works
If you see or have information concerning suspicious activity simply call:
Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-STOP (7867)
You don’t give your name and the information is confidential. After you give the information, the operator will ask you to assign yourself a 4 digit code for future reference. If an arrest is made you recontact Crime Stoppers, provide your code, and you will be told if a reward has been determined. That’s it! You are paid in cash and no one knows who you are! No receipts, no questions asked…
California Evidence Code Section 1041
The common law privilege to refuse disclosure of the identity of a confidential informant has been summarized in California Evidence Code, Section 1041:
(a) Except as provided in this section, a public entity has a privilege to refuse to disclose the identity of a person who has furnished information as provided in subdivision (b) purporting to disclose a violation of a law of the United States or of this state or of a public entity in this state, and to prevent another from disclosing the persons identity, if the privilege is claimed by a person authorized by the public entity to do so and either of the following apply:
(1) Disclosure is forbidden by an act of the Congress of the United States or a statute of this state.
(2) Disclosure of the identity of the informer is against the public interest because the necessity for preserving the confidentiality of his or her identity outweighs the necessity for disclosure in the interest of justice. The privilege shall not be claimed under this paragraph if a person authorized to do so has consented that the identity of the informer be disclosed in the proceeding. In determining whether disclosure of the identity of the informer is against the public interest, the interest of the public entity as a party in the outcome of the proceeding shall not be considered.
(b) The privilege described in this section applies only if the information is furnished in confidence by the informer to any of the following:
(1) A law enforcement officer.
(2) A representative of an administrative agency charged with the administration or enforcement of the law alleged to be violated.
(3) Any person for the purpose of transmittal to a person listed in paragraph (1) or (2). As used in this paragraph, person includes a volunteer or employee of a crime stopper organization.
(c) The privilege described in this section shall not be construed to prevent the informer from disclosing his or her identity.
(d) As used in this section, crime stopper organization means a private, nonprofit organization that accepts and expends donations used to reward persons who report to the organization information concerning alleged criminal activity, and forwards the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
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