Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is a crime-solving, not for profit, charitable organization serving Dayton and the surrounding miami valley area since 1984. The primary objective of this organization is to work in harmony with the community, media, and law enforcement to solve crimes and apprehend fugitives. Miami Valley Crime Stoppers works closely with WDTN Channel 2, Miami Valley Cable Council, and Dayton Daily News to feature our “Most Wanted Fugitives” and “Crime of the Week”.
Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 1976 and is a partnership of the community, media, and law enforcement designed to combat crime and keep our streets safe.
Today there are some 1,200 Crime Stoppers programs in 20 countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean. These programs take tips to assist investigators with solving crimes that include homicides, sexual assaults, drug trafficking, and robberies.
Crime Stoppers programs are operated as not for profit charities and are managed by a volunteer board of directors who take responsibility for fundraising and paying rewards to individuals who anonymously call with information that helps solve crime.
Rewards are paid for tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of people charged with felony offenses. Statistics show an average conviction rate of 95%.
Three Essential Partners
Citizens form the foundation of a Crime Stoppers program. There are people who serve as volunteer directors on the Crime Stoppers board with responsibility to operate the non-profit organization, raise funds and approve reward payments when crimes are solved. Members of the public support Crime Stoppers at public events and through other fundraising activities. There are also others who call Crime Stoppers when they have information that will solve crime or apprehend a fugitive.
Local media outlets have responsibility for promoting Crime Stoppers by publicizing unsolved crimes and assisting with appeals to raise funds for the program. On an ongoing basis WDTN Channel 2 as well as The Dayton Daily Newspaper and Miami Valley Cable Council broadcast our “Miami Valley’s Most Wanted” or “Crime of the Week” which highlights an unsolved case. The media also regularly promotes the special Crime Stoppers phone number.
The Dayton Police Department donates a detective to act as coordinator for the Miami Valley Crime Stoppers Program. The Coordinator maintains the office that takes tips on the Crime Stoppers phone line, Monday through Friday during regular business hours. After business hours, our phone lines are staffed by an answering service that operates out of Canada. To maintain the anonymity of our tipsters callers are never asked to identify themselves and there is no equipment that will record voices. Anonymity is guaranteed. Those who call Crime Stoppers receive a code number that allows them to claim a reward once an arrest has been made.