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Local Authorities Consider CrimeStoppers An Invaluable Resource

January 30, 2014, 7:00 AM by Brittany Larson

Local Authorities Consider CrimeStoppers An Invaluable Resource

Local law enforcement say they steadily receive a flow of tips to help them connect the dots for unsolved cases, as well as new information they need to follow up on through the CrimeStoppers program.

Adding that the public are the eyes and ears of the community, the program is another way to keep the community safe.

"It's really an invaluable tool," Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.

Clemens says while crime tips tend to vary, the majority of the tips they receive have to do with drug-related crimes.

"The tips are something that we really rely on and that we really need the public's help on on a lot of different crimes. And there are a lot more people than there are police officers. So having that information come in is really a helpful investigative tool," Clemens said.

Along with helping local law enforcement to keep the community a safer place, another added incentive could be if you decide to call or text in a tip and that information helps authorities lead to an arrest or follow up on a case, you could get paid for it.

"The win for the people is that anytime that we have an arrest the CrimeStoppers board meets every month and they decide how much money people can get. So people can get up to $1,000 in reward money," Clemens said. 

In 2013 the Sioux Falls Police Department had more than 800 total tips. Nearly 600 of those were phone calls and around 200 were online submissions. This past month they had more than 60 tips.

Get more information about CrimeStoppers online.




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