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Cass County Sheriff Adds Partnership to Help Solve Cases

Web posted January 12, 2021
Even as the COVID-19 is impacting communities, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch is looking ahead to find ways to make Cass County safer by partnering with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to gain more information from the public that may help to solve criminal cases. By working with the Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Partnership Program, persons who want to or may need to remain anonymous can submit information that helps to find a criminal, a fugitive, or close a case. This proactive support by Burch invites citizens to turn in information that may speed the solving of cases while saving precious hours of investigators’ time, and protecting tipsters from retribution or harm for being known to have helped the Cass County Sheriff's Office. In addition to staying anonymous, persons giving tips may be eligible to collect up to $1,000 in reward paid by Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers’ ability to attract tips from the public has meant a steady influx of the information it provides to law enforcement agencies such as the Cass County Sheriff's Office that investigators would not otherwise have thanks to the assurance of anonymity. Robert Dennistoun, the Chair of the nonprofit Crime Stoppers of Minnesota says that “being separate and independent of law enforcement and government gives assurance of anonymity to those wanting to do ‘the right thing’. That assurance is essential when they are 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 smartphone; calling Crime Stoppers toll free from anywhere in Minnesota (1-800-222-TIPS [8477]); or by going online at their website www.crimestoppersmn.org. If the tip leads to a felony arrest the tipster may qualify to receive a reward of up to $1,000 and still remain anonymous.

Dennistoun says Crime Stoppers of Minnesota sends about 3,000 yearly tips to more than 150 law enforcement agencies across the State of Minnesota because the public trusts that submitting those tips is anonymous. The non-profit Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is funded solely by tax deductible donations and has been working with law enforcement to build safer communities in Minnesota since 1979. To donate and for more information visit their website www.crimestoppersmn.org.

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