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Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers established

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A new program in Black Hawk County aims to solve crimes and put money in tipsters pockets.

The phone lines are now open at Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers.

Those behind the program hope to emulate the success they say other Iowa communities have experienced.

Brice Lippert and Joel Harris are happy to talk about the newest option that may help solve crimes - Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers.

"If you travel to other cities, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, you see police ask for Crime Stoppers and they give credit to Crime Stoppers for providing tips that are able to solve crimes and I figured let's do this in Waterloo," said Lippert.

The program will pay up to $1000 to anonymous tipsters, if their tip leads to an arrest.

"There are other people out there that have information that can come forward and are either afraid to come forward or really don't know if they should get involved and this is just a little incentive for people to come forward and to get involved," said Harris.

Waterloo Police and other departments say the tips could bring criminals to justice and being an encouraging step for people to come forward.

"We have a very limited number of officers on the street at all times. Citizens are everywhere in the community and whether or not a citizen thinks the information is important, please call. We'll look into every tip we get," said Lippert.

The non-profit is not aligned with police.

Callers tips are forwarded to police from the Crime Stoppers line - no questions asked.

"If you call Crime Stoppers, you won't be asked your name, address, phone number, whether you're a man or woman, your race. It's totally anonymous and remains that way," said Lippert.

The phone number for Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers is 1-855-300-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers already operates in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, and Iowa City.

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