Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office announced a 2022 partnership with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota as a way the public can safely come forward with information about crimes and criminals, anonymously.

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According to a news release from the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, the increased rate of certain crimes in very visible stories during 2021 has heightened awareness that law enforcement agencies are working harder at making communities safer.

Sheriff Kevin Torgerson recognized that a key element in this effort is engaging the public to safely come forward with information about crimes and criminals. One way the Sheriff recognized to do that is partnering with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota. As a 2022 participant in the Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Partnership Program, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office invites people who want to or may need to remain anonymous to submit information about a criminal, a fugitive, or that helps to close a case.

"Providing information in this safe and secure method may not only speed the solving of cases, but can save precious hours of investigators’ time, and protect tipsters from retribution or harm for being known to have helped in the arrest of a felon," the Sheriff's Office said.

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In addition to staying anonymous, persons giving tips leading to a felony arrest may be eligible to collect up to $1,000 in reward paid by Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers’ ability to attract tips from the public provides information to law enforcement agencies such as the Olmsted County Sheriffs Office that investigators would not otherwise have thanks to the benefit of anonymity.

Robert Dennistoun, the Chair of the nonprofit Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, said that “being separate and independent of law enforcement and the government gives assurance of anonymity to those wanting to do ‘the right thing’. That assurance is essential when somebody is in a position that may threaten their well-being, their living circumstances, or their social network if it became known they helped law enforcement."

People with knowledge about a crime, criminal, or a fugitive can give information to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota by adding the free P3 Submit a Tip APP to their phone; calling Crime Stoppers toll free from anywhere in Minnesota (1-800-222-TIPS [8477]); or by going to their website www.crimestoppersmn.org. That information is then sent by Crime Stoppers to the relevant investigating agency. If the tip leads to a felony arrest the tipster may qualify to receive a reward of up to $1,000 and remain anonymous.

Dennistoun said on average Crime Stoppers of Minnesota sends more than 300 tips each month to agencies across the entire State of Minnesota because the public trusts that submitting those tips is anonymous. The 2021 tip volume thus far compared to the same period in 2020 has increased by 26%. The non-profit Crime Stoppers of Minnesota has been working with law enforcement in Minnesota since 1979.

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