Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers
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Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers is a cooperative wildlife law enforcement program,
sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska
Wildlife Protectors Association. It is similar to the well-known Crime
Stoppers program and offers rewards for information resulting in
arrests for game law violations. The Game and Parks Commission provides
a toll-free hotline, investigative operations and public information.
The Wildlife Protectors, a group of concerned citizens, handles
fundraising and reward payment. NWPA determines when and the amount of
rewards to be paid.
The need for Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers is obvious, judging from the many acts
of poaching and other game-related violations that come to the attention
of sportsmen and law enforcement officers each year. Often evidence is
lacking and no arrests are made. Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers allows informants to remain
totally anonymous - identified only by a number. Protecting the
identity of informants together with a reward for accurate violation
information hopefully will encourage cooperation by those who have information and might not
come forward otherwise. Naturally, we hope that we continue to
receive information from concerned citizens and sportsmen
who are willing to give their names and appear in court if necessary.
How Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers Works
To insure informants remain anonymous, if they wish to do so, on first
contact, Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers assigns identification numbers to persons who provide
information. This number also serves as the case file number until the
case is closed. Obviously, it would be more helpful if informants would
give their names so follow-up contacts could be arranged easier.
Even if an informant does give his or her name, it will be kept completely
confidential, unless the informant authorizes the release of his or
If the informant wishes to remain anonymous and an ID number is assigned,
he or she will be asked how subsequent contacts can be made to
advise of case progress and/or arrange for payment of a reward. The
options for follow-up contact will include having the informant call
back, having the investigating officer call the informant or publishing
reward information in a local newspaper by referring only to the
ID number. To guarantee that the contact person responds to such follow
up contacts, each informant will also be asked to give some unique identifying
information that would be known, only to him or her, such as favorite color
or the like.
Rewards will be paid in cases where charges are filed, no matter what the
outcome in court is. The Wildlife Protectors Association board decides the
amount of each reward under guidelines set forth in the organization bylaws.
Rewards can be paid in cash or by check as the informant wishes.