Individuals who have information about crimes are asked to call, text, or submit an online tip to Crime Line and provide the information. We are available 24 hours a day. Crime Line also publicizes unsolved crimes and wanted persons through the media. Tipsters are provided identification numbers and their tips are investigated. If the tip leads to an arrest, the tipster becomes eligible for a reward.
Caller ID capability is not attached to the tip line. When people call the tip line, call takers assign them identification numbers. The tipsters are asked to call back in a few weeks. If the information has led to an arrest, the tipsters are then told how to collect their rewards.
Names are never asked! When tipsters collect their rewards they identify themselves by their ID numbers. Every possible step has been taken to assure anonymity throughout the process.
Crime Line is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of citizens, just like you who are interested in deterring crime in our community, governs the Crime Line program. If you're interested in becoming a board member and taking part in making for a safer community, call Crime Line and ask to speak with the Coordinator.
The Chesapeake Police Department investigates and processes the tips, makes arrests, recovers property and reports the outcome of tips to the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors is guided by a suggested scale to ensure equitable rewards for comparable crimes.
Reward dollars are derived from tax deductible donations from individuals, businesses and civic organizations fund Chesapeake Crime Line. It is a non-stock, non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated exclusively to the fight against crime in our community.
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