It’s the next generation in crime fighting. An app for Crime Stoppers called P3 Tips. You can download it for free to any smartphone or mobile device.
“It allows real time information to get to the cops right away so that we can act on your tip,” said Ret. Det. Myrle Carner.
Just search for P3 Tips in the Apple App Store or Google Play, enter a code that you choose, sign in and then select your location.
Click through the photo gallery below for step-by-step instructions:
“If you live in the Seattle area, you punch Seattle which will bring up Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound,” said Carner. From there, you will see a list of crimes to select from. You fill in the box with any information you have on the suspect’s identity, aliases, vehicle etc. “You can say anything you want to say, you can say it in your own time frame, any time of day, 24/7 365 days a year," said Carner.
You can even upload photos of suspects and videos of crimes. “It allows real time information to get to the cops right away so that we can act on your tip,” said Carner.
Once you submit the information, the App will give a TIP ID and a Password for logging into the tip at any time. If your tip is chosen to receive a reward, the tipster then chooses a ‘PIN #’ that is used along with the TIP ID when collecting their cash reward. Tipsters can still call the 1-800-222-TIPS number anonymously if wish to speak to an operator but P3 Tips allows them to submit the information quickly and privately. Your identity is never compromised.
P3 Global Intel Owner Kevin Anderson who designed the App says it is guaranteed to be anonymous. “The bottom line is we cannot disclose what we don`t have. We simply do not capture any identifying information from the devices,” said Anderson. So, the next time you see a suspect you recognize from Washington’s Most Wanted, download the App and submit the information. “The great thing about P3 tips is now everybody is a crime fighter,” said Carner.
THE TIP REWARD PROCESS
NOTE: Rewards are 'UP TO' $1,000
AND an automatic $1K for HOMICIDE & BANK ROBBERY
Here is the TIP REWARD process (which does take time in order to maintain your anonymity): Because Crime Stoppers is a non profit, they answer to a board of directors that meets once each month. At the meeting, the rewards are approved and checks signed. These checks are associated with your TIP ID # and your chosen PIN #. (So you must not lose these numbers!) These checks are then POSTAL mailed to a contact at Bank of America who then files reports and distributes them to the different branches by POSTAL mail as well. Once the checks are received by our contact, we are notified. Then, when the funds are received by the branches, we are notified again and that's when we let YOU know when you can go to the bank to pick up your cash. When you go to your branch, you will ask for the branch manager (if the manager is not in - ask for the assistant manager). You do not show ID or give your name. You simply state you are there to pick up your Crime Stoppers reward and you give them your TIP ID # and PIN #. You will then be handed your CASH reward.
Please keep both of these in a safe place, do not lose and do not share with anyone. NOTE: If you share your numbers with anyone, you risk losing your reward.
After a reward is established with the tipster, the funds must be claimed in 60 days at the BOA branch. Unclaimed funds will be returned to CSOPS.
After an arrest with charges is made due to a Crime Stoppers tip, that tipster has 180 days to contact CSOPS by phone or the P3 tips APP to establish a reward: 1(800)222-TIPS (8477) or www.p3tips.com
The following individuals are not eligible for rewards:
A commissioned law enforcement officer or other employees of law enforcement agencies and members of their immediate family.
Perpetrator or co-perpetrator of the crime if known.
Victim of the crime and members of their immediate family.
Security personnel, Bail Bonds Agents and their associates.
If you call 911 first for urgent or immediate situations or work with a detective, YOU MUST place a tip with Crime Stoppers within 24 hours or you will not be eligible to receive a reward.