CrimeStoppers yesterday responded to the newspaper report which stated the fisherman who spotted the body of WPC Nyasha Joseph in the Gulf of Paria is claiming the $25,000 reward offered for information leading to her recovery.
In a statement yesterday, CrimeStoppers said the organisation has never and can never identify any tipster since such a person is anonymous.
Newsday quoted president of the Police Social and Welfare Association president Inspector Michael Seales as saying arrangements were in place to pay the $25,000 reward to the fisherman.
However, CrimeStoppers said: “To qualify for a reward, a Tipster must first call our hotline at 800-TIPS and be assigned a tip number. The tips are taken anonymously and where applicable, rewards are paid anonymously.
“CrimeStoppers Trinidad and Tobago has built a 17-year reputation on the assurance of anonymity and confidentiality, and no such information can ever come from our organisation.”
CrimeStoppers said its anonymous process involves tipsters calling 800-TIPS and being assigned a tip number. Such a person calls back the 800-TIPS hotline to learn if they have earned a reward.