MAYS LANDING--It's not affiliated with the police. Nor do they receive taxpayer dollars. Atlantic County Crime Stoppers, a non-profit organization, depends on donations, the community and volunteers. Like Dave Carter, he's the Chairman for the local chapter.
"What it takes for it to really work is for the average resident the average consumer to react when they see something. The biggest single problem that seems to be out there is people see things and do not speak up," said Carter.
Atlantic County Crime Stoppers provides a way for them to speak up anonymously without fear of retribution.
"We don't take any names. They're given a number. And they rest is the way it works. They have to call us to find out how their case is progressing," said Carter.
Detective Kevin Walsh with the Atlantic County Prosecutor's office also serves on the board.
"There's one law enforcement officer on the board and that's myself," said Walsh.
He passes on anonymous information to investigators... Information that could get dangerous people off the streets.
"Again Crime Stoppers is just a tool for law enforcement. In order for them to get any type of reward two elements must be met. There has to be an arrest and an indictment," said Walsh.
Only the civilians on the board decide who gets the thousand dollars reward.
"Let's get involved. Let the people in their towns take over their towns again," said Walsh.
You can always reach Atlantic County Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-658- TIPS (8477)or go to the website at www.crimestoppersatlantic.com