Crime Stoppers began in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a re-enactment of the murder of a gas station attendant. The local media publicized the crime and an offer of a reward. Anonymous tips led to the solving of the crime. Today, there are over 1,200 individual Crime Stoppers/Solvers organizations in more than 20 countries. These chapters have been responsible for arresting 600,000 individuals and recovering 6 billion dollars in property and drugs.
Each Crime Stoppers chapter is administered by a board of directors who approves rewards, raises funds, and promotes the program.
The success of Crime Stoppers/Solvers is dependent on a three-way partnership between citizens, local media, and law enforcement.
The Petersburg-Dinwiddie Crime Solvers is a community involvement program, created to provide a means for citizens to safely and anonymously report information about unsolved crimes and fugitives.
Every week, facts about crimes and fugitives are publicized on television, social media accounts, radio and through newspapers, requesting that anyone who has information about those crimes submit a tip through Crime Solvers. Cash rewards are paid, up to $1,000, for clues that are vital in the successful resolution of a crime or the capturing of a fugitive.