Silent Witness is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a member of both Crime Stoppers USA and Crime Stoppers International. Although the organization works in close partnership with the police department, it is not actually the police department.
A civilian Board of Directors, made up of individuals from throughout the community, meets on a monthly basis to review cases and approve rewards up to $1,000. The Board also provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program and works to increase community awareness through education. Its function is vital to the program's success.
Silent Witness is funded by private donations and grants. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is the result of extensive fundraising efforts and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.