ECAPI Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
What is ECAPI?
ECAPI is a non-profit organization that takes calls from people who want to report a crime and wish to remain totally anonymous. ECAPI is one way that citizens can assist police/law enforcement officers by providing information and never has to identify themselves or testify in court.
What type of calls does ECAPI take?
ECAPI takes tips about crimes that have already been committed or are about to occur. ECAPI also takes information regarding the whereabouts of wanted persons, stolen property, Drug trafficking, human trafficking or any other criminal activity.
If you are not sure that what you saw or heard is really a crime, call anyway. Let law enforcement decide if it’s worth investigating. It may be a piece of a clue to a big crime.
What if the caller is the victim?
If the caller is a victim, they must report the crime to the police . A victim cannot report a crime to Crime Stoppers because they would be identified by the information and therefore lose their anonymity. We urge you to report the crime to the police as we can’t guarantee your anonymity if you are a victim.
Does ECAPI replace emergency calls to police or other law enforcement agency?
ECAPI does not replace emergency calls Or Take emergency calls. You must still report emergency calls to police or other law enforcement agencies.
How does Crime Stoppers program work?
ECAPI can take your anonymous information two ways: • TALK to our trained information takers at ======== • TYPE your information into our secure on-line tip submit form at • Your anonymous information is then passed along to the investigators at the appropriate law enforcement agency. The “TIPSTER” is never identified but is assigned a code number. The tip is investigated. The police will inform Crime Stoppers on how the case is progressing so it is important for the TIPSTER to call back for an update on the case during regular business hours (a number will be provided for you to call back). The tipster will be identified by the code and not his name. so keep ur code in a safe place and do not share your code with anyone.
What happens to my information after I provide it?
After you give us your information, we create a report that brings together all the information you provided. Our trained information specialist will check to make sure that the report contains no information that might identify you. The report is sent to the relevant authority who will deal with the information. This could be the police or it could be an agency such as the Custom Services, etc. They have the legal responsibility to investigate the information prior to acting on it to ensure the information is correct and not given to us maliciously in order to set someone up. The police cannot get a search warrant or make an arrest based solely on a tip; there must be other intelligence to support the Crime Stoppers information. Once the information has been researched, the police will allocate it to the appropriate officer or team to deal with. This could mean more research or it could mean action will be taken.
Why did nothing happen after I called ECAPI?
It may take some time before the police act on the information you have given. There could be many reasons for that; the information may be part of a larger investigation and visible action might be. delayed for some time or the information may remain on file to be used at a later time. Even if your information appears not to have been used or if you don’t see a quick resolution, don’t think your information was not useful. Feel free to call back at any time to add or update information or to just check on the status of your tip. Make sure you give your personal code when you call; otherwise ECAPI will not give you any information about your or any other tip.
What kind of information can I give to ECAPI?
ECAPI will take any information that will help Law Enforcement solve crime as well as help in the seizure of illicit drugs, recover stolen property, or help in the location of missing person. If you aren’t sure that what you saw or heard is really a crime, call anyway. Let law enforcement decide if it’s worth investigating. It may be a piece of a clue to a big crime.
Does Crime Stoppers have call display or call trace on their telephones or have access to my IP address?
ECAPI does not have call display or call trace on any of its telephones nor do we record any calls and your IP address in not available to us. That would be in direct contradiction to one of the cornerstones of the Crime Stoppers program – anonymity. ECAPI guarantees that you will remain anonymous no matter how you provide us your information. If we subscribed to call display or call trace that guarantee of anonymity would be gone and the program would suffer serious consequences.
Is ECAPI run by the police?
ECAPI is not run by the police. We are separate and apart from any Law Enforcement Agency. ECAPI is a non-profit, charitable program run by volunteers from the community. The individuals who have given their time to sit on local committees or the Board of Directors cannot be employed by any law enforcement agency. All the money raised for Crime Stoppers comes through donations or fund raising.
How can you guarantee anonymity?
ECAPI can offer anonymity to its callers because of a legal rule of evidence, which says police do not have to reveal information which might identify a person who supplies them with information concerning criminal activity. In a typical case which started from a Crime Stoppers tip, the identity of the informer is unknown to both the ECAPI Coordinator who took the call or on line tip and the case investigator.
How do I collect my reward?
If the information is good and law enforcement uses the information to help solve a crime, you may be eligible for a reward of up to N100,000. A reward must be recommended and approved by the Board of Directors of ECAPI. Once the reward is approved, arrangements are made for the caller to pick up their cash reward in a way that is secure..
What are ECAPI expectations for this program?
ECAPI expects to become an enormously successful crime fighting tool. Our hope is that Nigeria communities will take advantage of tip line as an alternative .
Does this replace the emergency reporting or regular case reporting with the police or other law enforcement agency?
ECAPI Program does not replace your regular reporting or emergency reporting to police or other law enforcement agencies. Citizens are encouraged to report any emergencies to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
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