Students who step forward with anonymous tips leading to arrests will be eligible for cash awards through the program, based on an internally recognized model.
School and police officials agree that most students want to do the right thing to keep their schools and neighborhoods safe but sometimes fear reprisals. The Student Crime Stoppers Program offers the safety of complete anonymity while promoting responsibility and allowing students to take action against victimization and crime.
Middle and Senior High School Principles along with School Resource Officers can organize a STUDENT CRIME STOPPERS program under the umbrella of Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers. However, the program must operate under the guidelines of the "Crime Stoppers" program if a school wishes to utilize the existing tip-line and the Crime Stoppers name.
Central Peninsual Crime Stoppers operates under the format established by Crime Stoppers International, as do the other programs worldwide. Crime Stopper programs around the world have a reputation of paying reward for infromation leading to the arrest of suspects or the solving of crimes with the guarantee of anonymity.
The purpose of this program is not to intimidate students, nor is it to be considered a "snitch" program. Its mission should be to provide an avenue for students to be able to provide information regarding possible criminal activity in their school anonymously and without fear of retaliation.
When a school on the Kenai Peninsula decides to form a Crime Stoppers program, it should coordinate its efforts with the program coordinator of the Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers. The coordinator will work with the school and the School Resource Officer (SRO)in an effort to make the program as successful as possible. The next step is for the school and the SRO to establish a student board of directors that will be responsible for the management of the program.
If you have any questions, please contact Law Enforcement Coordinator, Inv. Jeff Whannell, Kenai Police Department, (907)-283-7879.