FAQs/How Crime Stoppers Works

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit community based organization that supports the Suffolk County Police Department by offering anonymity and cash rewards to people who furnish information leading to arrest.

You can help! As a concept, Crime Stoppers has been proven successful throughout the United States and is a perfect example of how citizens, the media and the police can join forces to improve our quality of life. You can help in two ways. First, whenever you have information that can assist in a criminal investigation, call 1-800-220-TIPS (8477). Second, if you are interested in the work that Crime Stoppers does to make Suffolk County a safer place to live, provide financial support. Crime Stoppers is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization and your contribution might be tax deductible.

How it works

The Police: The Suffolk County Police Department has set up a TIPS LINE at 1-800-220-TIPS (8477). A caller receives a code number and remains anonymous when giving information to a police offer. If the information leads to an arrest, Suffolk County Crime Stoppers will authorize a reward of up to $5,000. IMPORTANT – Only tips that originate from our Crime Stoppers phone number or app are eligble for reward. Information provided directly to police or as a result of confidential informants are not eligble for reward even it it leads to arrest. The caller, using their code number will pick up the award at a prearranged bank, walk out with the money and remain anonymous The State University at Stony Brook are affiliated with the Suffolk County Crime Stoppers program.

The Media

The media plays a significant role in the Crime Stoppers program. Through television, radio, and print the message is spread throughout Suffolk County. Altice, Fios and other providers  feature Long Island’s most wanted on local programs  and Newsday often features a” Wanted” Column on a regular basis. AWALK AM/FM participates in Crime Stoppers in Crime Stoppers interviews to profile unsolved cases.

The Crime Stoppers Board

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit corporation founded by the community in 1994 its Board of Directors are volunteers that establish policy. Raise funds for rewards; determine reward amounts and method of payment. The Board works closely with the police and media to oversee the program.

Crime Stoppers is effective

Since its inception, the Crime Stoppers program has been successful in putting numerous murderers, drug dealers and other violent criminals behind bars. Here are a few relevant results:

  • More than 30,000 cases opened
  • 47 homicide cases cleared
  • Over 80 bank robberies cleared
  • 2,940 suspects arrested
  • $639,900 in rewards to anonymous callers
  • $14846,000 worth of property, vehicles, weapons and narcotics recovered