The Ventura County Crime Stoppers program began in Thousand Oaks on October 1, 1986. The program has since expanded to include the other communities in Ventura County.
Through 2007, the only means of providing tips was through the bilingual call center. Tips were then faxed to the coordinator who had to either fax or call them in to the appropriate agency. In mid-2007, we added the ability to receive and send tips to email accounts, including those on a BlackBerry, simultaneous with the fax. This gave us 24/7 coverage. As of January 2008, we've added the capability to provide tips via the internet with 2-way communication capabilities while protecting the anonymity of the tipster. As of February 2008, tips can be submitted via text message, also with 2-way communication capabilities. As of March 2008, law enforcement agencies are able to log on to our TipSoft tip and intelligence management system via the internet.
Since January of 2007, in partnership with the Ventura County Star, six fugitives have been profiled in the Star each Thursday. http://www.venturacountystar.com/