A case of Information Overload
Crime Stoppers is an international not-for- profit organization that assists police agencies by providing information from anonymous callers in exchange for cash rewards. Crime Stoppers has been successful in both the United States and Canada in providing police with information about many types of crimes but especially tips that relate to drug investigations.
As a rule, police always say they can never get too much, or for that matter, enough information about drug dealers.
In a bizarre turn of events, Central Ohio Crime Stoppers announced recently that they will stop taking calls (tips) about narcotics.
Apparently their tips are passed onto Columbus Police who are so back logged with their own tips that they have been unable to follow-up on Crime Stoppers tips for the last five years.
According to Columbus Police, they have received 4000 tips so far this year from their own tips line, 311 and from street officers and they don’t feel that the move by Crime Stoppers to not take drug tips will hinder them.