Calls to Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-TIPS are received at the Crime Stoppers tips line phone. These phones do not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. Crime Stoppers completes a tips information form, makes initial inquiries and then passes the information to the investigating officer. Calls are accepted regarding any publicized request for information, such as "Crime of the Week."

By guaranteeing a caller`s anonymity, Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information in a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. By offering cash rewards for information leading to indictment or arrests, the program encourages reluctant callers to provide information.