Founded in 1981 for the purpose of helping to develop a community offensive against crime, Crime Stoppers seeks to promote community welfare by assisting the various law enforcement agencies of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties in the apprehension and conviction of criminals. By raising funds and providing rewards, Crime Stoppers seeks to motivate members of the public to cooperate with law enforcement officials to solve crime through:
Entering into cooperative endeavors with other local crime prevention programs such as D.A.R.E. and Neighborhood Watch.
Encouraging and assisting local secondary schools to organize their own Crime Stoppers Program.
Continuing to inform and educate the public by disseminating information as to the protection against and the prevention of crime.
Sponsorship of the Police Citizen Awards Dinner and other community activities encouraging better relationships between the public and law enforcement agencies.
Members of the Greater Peoria Area Crime Stoppers believe with the assistance of the public we can greatly enhance the quality of life in our community. Our success is directly related to the support of the community - both financially and in the disbursement of information regarding crime.
Crime Stoppers was the brainchild of a young Albuquerque detective who was concerned by the number of unsolved cases he and fellow detectives were working, and was paticularly frustrated that all possible leads had been exhausted regarding the murder of a young college student. He felt information that would solve the case was available from someone other then the criminal. That principal led to the major factors that needed to be addressed so individuals would come forward.
Members of the local community, media and law enforcement, came together in partnership to begin the effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement, and the first Crime Stoppers program was born on September 8, 1976.
Today, community and student Crime Stoppers programs reach around the world and are represented by the Nation/Regions of the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the South/Western Pacific. The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success with the information received which has led to the arrest and indictment of those committing felony offenses, boasting an average conviction rate of approximately 95% on cases solved by a tip to the program.