Sheriff partners with Crime Stoppers

by Staff reports

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to proactively increase ways that citizens can pass on information about crimes or fugitives while remaining anonymous.

“We’ve utilized crime stoppers in the past,” said Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud at the Carver County Sheriff.

According to Kamerud citizens can provide tips on fugitive and felony cases to the crime stoppers who will then give the information the sheriff’s office.

In addition to staying anonymous, persons giving tips may be eligible to collect up to $1,000 in reward paid by Crime Stoppers. By its partnering with Crime Stoppers the Sheriff’s Office is supporting additional ways that citizens can turn in information that may save thousands of dollars of investigators’ time and speed the solving of cases.

Information that anyone may have can be submitted using various methods of communications technology that also accommodate multiple languages. Text messages, phone calls and the Crime Stoppers websites are a few ways people can provide tips.

“This partnership is another avenue for people to get information to us, it gives people a variety of ways” Kamerud said.

Because of Crime Stoppers’ technological presence, the Sheriff’s Office is in effect increasing its reach for investigative information to be statewide and worldwide. Through this partnership, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office investigators receive tips that Crime Stoppers collects because citizens may be reluctant to ‘get involved’ directly with the authorities but who still want to ‘do the right thing’.

“Overall Crime Stoppers has had a positive impact for our organization and carver county,” Kamerud said.

Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is a non-profit organization operating separate and independent of law enforcement and government funded by tax deductible donations. It has been helping build safer communities in Minnesota since 1979 as one of over 500 Crime Stoppers programs around the United States that offer the same commitment to anonymity and offer of a reward to help solve crimes.

People with knowledge about a crime or a fugitive in the Carver County area can provide information to Crime Stoppers by calling (1-800-222-TIPS [8477]); going online at their website www.crimestoppersmn.org; or by adding the free Submit a Tip APP to a smartphone. If the tip leads to a felony arrest the tipster may qualify to receive a reward of up to $1,000 and still remain anonymous. Visit the website to learn more.