al_lamberti_web.jpgBroward County Sheriff

FORT LAUDERDALE — Crime in Broward County is something we cannot escape. Crime Stoppers is a nationwide program that encourages citizens to report information they may have regarding criminal activity. Any tip leading to the arrest of a suspect is eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

The Crime Stoppers Program of Broward County started in 1981 to assist detectives in criminal

investigations. The program is a nonprofit 501(c)3 overseen by the Crime Stoppers Council of Broward — a 35-member board consisting of non-active law enforcement and community leaders. The Crime Stoppers Program is housed at BSO headquarters and the tips are answered by BSO employees. All callers remain anonymous — we do not want your name; we need your information. Tips can be reported via telephone to 954-493-TIPS (8477) or toll free to 1-866-493-TIPS. You may also text message your tips to 274637.

Broward County citizens have helped make BSO’s Crime Stoppers Unit consistently one of the nation’s top performers. Since its inception, Crime Stoppers of Broward has cleared more than 19,000 cases and tips have resulted in nearly 12,000 arrests. A street value of more than $360 million worth of drugs, property, cash and weapons have also been recovered.

To date, Crime Stoppers of Broward County has paid more than $2 million in reward money to citizens who phoned us with tips. Reward money comes from the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund, which is overseen by the Florida Office of the Attorney General. Funds are collected from donations made by businesses and citizens, as well as a $20 Crime Stoppers Fund Fee, which is assessed to each person when they are arrested. The Crime Stoppers Board of Directors is also responsible for fundraising. Each year, they sponsor various events, including a golf tournament, the annual Crime Stoppers Gala and other events to fund the reward account. 

Crime Stoppers also oversees special programs within Broward County, which include tips regarding Deadbeat Parents, Gun Stoppers, Illegal Dumping, Student Crime Stoppers, Terrorism and Kid Saver Fingerprinting.

Crime Stoppers’ focus is to create safer homes and safer communities. I am confident with their hard work and your tips, the Broward Sheriff’s Office will continue to assist in this mission through enforcement, crime prevention efforts and our public safety initiatives.

Photo: Al Lamberti