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What is Crime Solvers?
Fairfax County Crime Solvers is a community-oriented program involving residents, the business community, news media and the Fairfax County Police Department working together in the fight against crime. The Crime Solvers board is comprised of a group of business leaders and residents who fundraise and pay cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of any person or persons who commit crimes in Fairfax County, or the capture of a wanted person. Crime Solvers is not run or “owned” by the Fairfax County Police Department.

How does Crime Solvers Work?
Anyone with knowledge of a crime may call the tip line, send a text, or e-mail an anonymous tip. Crime Solvers provides the public a means to utilize each of theses methods when reporting information under the protection of a state law that protects tipsters’ identities. Tipsters do not give their names or phone numbers and they never have to make court appearances. When a tip is reported, each tipster receives a unique tip number in place of using a name or contact information. That number is the only form of identification that the tipster will need for any further communication with Crime Solvers.  If the information provided results in an arrest, apprehension of a fugitive or the recovery of stolen property or illegal narcotics, that tipster may then be eligible for a cash reward of $100 to $1000 dollars.

Where does the Crime Solvers money come from?
Crime Solvers is a non-profit 501c3 organization which relies solely on donations from local businesses and private residents to pay tipsters for their information. No tax dollars are used for rewards. In short, Crime Solvers depends on you for the funds to pay those who provide the information that helps Crime Solvers fight crime!

Does Crime Solvers really work?
Yes! Since the program began in October of 1979, information received through Crime Solvers has led to the arrest of over 1,000 criminals, including more that 200 fugitives, and the closure of thousands of crimes which include: Murders, rapes, robberies and burglaries. More that $240,000 has been paid out in cash since the program began.

Where does the Crime Solvers money come from?
Crime Solvers is a non-profit 501c3 organization which relies solely on donations from local businesses and private residents to pay tipsters for their information. No tax dollars are used for rewards. In short, Crime Solvers depends on you for the funds to pay those who provide the information that helps Crime Solvers fight crime!

What can YOU do?
Support our local Crime Solvers program! Our Coordinator will eagerly assist you if you would like to include our program information in your local community papers or HOAs. We regularly visit community groups and local business meetings to educate residents about our program. Please contact us if we can promote this valuable program for your community! We are only successful in apprehending criminals and assisting local law enforcement if we have cash rewards available to pay our tipsters. We will graciously accept any financial donations provided to us through the community. Donations are tax-deductible. Additionally, you may visit our website and make donations directly.

Important Crime Solvers Laws:

 15.2-1713.1.    Local “Crime Stoppers” programs; confidentiality.

  1. As used in this section, a “Crime Stoppers,” “Crime Solvers,” “Crime Line,” or other similarly named organization is defined as a private, nonprofit Virginia corporation governed by a civilian volunteer board of directors that is operated on a local or statewide level that (i) offers anonymity to persons providing information to the organization, (ii) accepts and expends donations for cash rewards to persons who report to the organization information about alleged criminal activity and that the organization forwards to the appropriate law-enforcement agency, and (iii) is established as a cooperative alliance between the news media, the community, and law-enforcement officials.
  2. Evidence of a communication or any information contained therein between a person submitting a report of an alleged criminal act to a “Crime Stoppers” organization and the person who accepted the report on behalf of the organization is not admissible in a court proceeding. Law-enforcement agencies receiving information concerning alleged criminal activity from a “Crime Stoppers” organization shall maintain confidentiality pursuant to subsection E of 2.2-3706.

2.2-3706.    Disclosure of criminal records; limitations.

  1. The identity of any individual providing information about a crime or criminal activity under a promise of anonymity shall not be disclosed.

 

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