About our Program Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers was launched in May of 1997 and it continues to be a success story! The concept has developed into a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Donations of airtime, newspaper space, and reward monies have established Crime Stoppers as an effective tool to fight crime in the area. What many people don't realize is that Crime Stoppers is NOT a branch of any law enforcement agency. It is not an agency of local government at all. It is a private non-profit corporation run by civic-minded individuals who volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors. In its ten year existence, Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers has received over 4, 000 tips, made over 400 arrests and approved more than $80, 000 in rewards.