Mission Statement

Crimeline’s mission is to increase the safety of the Central Florida community by assisting law enforcement agencies in removing undesirable individuals from the community.

We offer our services and rewards at no cost to all Central Florida law enforcement agencies.

If you have information about a felony crime, then you need to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477)

Leave A Tip

If the information you provide leads to a felony arrest or a felony warrant being issued, you will be given instructions on how you can pick up your cash reward. The prearranged place to pick up your reward will be known only to you and CrimeLine.

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Crimeline Objectives

  • To FURNISH law enforcement agencies with information on crimes, criminals, and other criminal activity that they would otherwise be unable to obtain.

  • To PROMOTE public cooperation and involvement with law enforcement and to reward such involvement.

  • To IMPROVE police community relations through increased public awareness.

  • To PREVENT crimes before they are committed.

Investigative Tools

Investigative tools provided by Crimeline to all Central Florida law enforcement agencies

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Crimeline’s History

Central Florida Crimeline began in July of 1977, originally named Crimewatch, modeled after the first Crime Stoppers program founded in Albuquerque New Mexico. Former UCF Professor Bob Doering, following a visit to Albuquerque, NM brought back the concept of an anonymous tip line offering cash rewards for solving crimes. Doering presented the program to the then Orlando Police Chief Jim York and he assigned it to the community relations staff of the OPD. Initially Officer Ces Lawton was chosen to oversee the project, he was later replaced by Officer Jim Bishop. A Board of Directors made up of community members were chosen to manage the program.

In the early days, Officer Jim Bishop began filming re-enactments of crimes which were aired on local TV affiliates. Outreach on weekly television and radio programs continue to this day. In 1982 the program name was changed to Crimeline in order to avoid confusion with the Neighborhood Watch programs. The tip telephone number was also changed to 800-423-TIPS (8477).

Over the years, Crimeline has become recognized as a leader within the Crime Stoppers organization. The program currently services six (6) counties (Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter) in Central Florida including more than 55 local, state and federal law enforcement partners. Crimeline primarily uses 800-423-TIPS (8477) to receive calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Tipsters can also provide tips anonymously on the Crimeline website or by downloading the free app P3. All media partners in Central Florida promote the use of Crimeline reminding citizens they will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward. Crimeline is also very active in the communities served, attending public events each month.

Central Florida Crimeline’s main purpose is to provide an anonymous tip line to citizens with cash rewards of up to $1000 to tipsters who’s tips solve felony crimes. Once a tip is received it is forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation. Law enforcement partners send dispositions to Crimeline stating whether or not the tip solved a crime. The Board of Directors are tasked with determining if a tip is eligible for a reward as well as the amount of the reward. Tipsters are paid cash anonymously following monthly board meetings.

State and National Crime Stoppers Organizations