Started in 1983 by Officer Larry Wieda, Boulder City Police, the Scholastic Crime Stoppers program first proved its success with the Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. Since then, the program had grown not only across the United States and Canada, but also England and Guam. Scholastic Crime Stoppers was introduced in Cumberland County Schools at Reid Ross Junior High School in the 1993-94 school year.
Scholastic Crime Stoppers encourages students to provide tips to the administration and faculty. Those who provide tips remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward ranging from $5 - $100 if the tip helps solve a crime. Statistics show that only about 6% of the students ever collect rewards issued to them, while outside crime prevention programs report that 25% to 50% of people issued rewards collect them. These statistics reveal that the motivating factor for the students is rarely the money. The Scholastic Crime Stoppers program promotes school spirit, pride, and responsibility and allows students to take action against victimization and crime.
The success or failure of the program often depends directly upon the support of the school administration. The more encouragement and power the administration gives the students, the more successful the program is likely to be.
The program is student-operated. A Board of Directors composed of students is appointed to market and advertise the program, raise funds, review information about crimes and determine the reward amounts. The members of the board never know who the victims, witnesses or suspects are. These identities are protected by and administrative liason who is affiliated with the program.
The Scholastic Crime Stoppers program is unique in that each school is encouraged to tailor the program to its specific needs. Logos, mottos, flyers, fund raisers and other aspects of the program may be structured to fit each institution. The students are challenged to be creative in developing the program. Some schools have implemented Crime Stoppers hotlines, billboards, contests, Crime Stopper days, and parades to disseminate their message that crime will no longer be tolerated. The only limits to the success of the program are those placed on it by the students and administrators.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
1) To provide a safe place where all students will feel free to provide information about crimes committed on school property.
2) To create the awareness that students have a responsibility to report all criminal acts by others to the proper authorities.
3) To reduce criminal acts and victimization on or near school property. This should include, but not be limited to, illegal use and sale of drugs and alcohol, vandalism to school property, theft, burglaries, assaults or any other crime.
1) To make the student body aware of the importance of reducing alcohol and drug use and/or sales on school property.
2) To reduce the number of crimes committed on school property.
3) To reduce the amount of vandalism of school and personal property.
4) To maintain a good working relationship with local law enforcement officials.
5) To involve parents when a crime is committed by their child on school property.
6) To provide an opportunity for all students to report a crime without fear of retribution.
7) To make the school a safe and rewarding place for all students to learn.
8) To develop a sense of trust and dignity for faculty and students.