FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, MN -- (/April 3, 2015/) –The Lester Prairie Police Department has joined with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to increase ways that citizens can pass on information about crimes or fugitives, remain anonymous and stay safe. Information from tipsters wanting to stay anonymous has been steadily increasing over the past eight years. This partnership supports ways that citizens can turn in tips that may save thousands of dollars of investigators’ time, speed the solving of cases and help bring comfort to victims of a crime. By partnering with Crime Stoppers the Lester Prairie Police benefit from the systems, personnel time and brand recognition of Crime Stoppers without having to invest in creating its own systems and identity. Since criminals and fugitives know no boundaries, the statewide scope of Crime Stoppers of Minnesota and its worldwide reach through the internet expands the reach of the Department.
The Lester Prairie Police Department supports the Crime Stoppers collection tools encouraging citizens who may be reluctant to ‘get involved’ directly with the authorities but who still want to ‘do the right thing’. The Lester Prairie Police can also now work through Crime Stoppers to have cases featured on statewide TV.
People with knowledge about a crime or a fugitive can provide information to Crime Stoppers by calling (1-800-222-TIPS ), going online at their website www.crimestoppersmn.org, by texting on a cell phone TIP674, plus the message then sending it to CRIMES  or by adding the free APP Submit a Tip to a smartphone. Crime Stoppers then passes that information on to the appropriate investigating agency, such as Lester Prairie Police. If the tip leads to a felony arrest or charging the tipster may qualify to receive a reward of up to $1,000 and still remain anonymous.
Crime Stoppers of Minnesota is a non-profit organization funded by tax deductible donations, operating separate and independent of law enforcement and government. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and has been working for safe communities in Minnesota since 1979. Citizens can visit the website www.crimestoppermn.org to learn more.