Crime Stoppers Provides Valuable Tool for Police – Home – WCBI TV
The impact of Crime Stoppers seen at the recent awards luncheon
TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) — A nonprofit that empowers citizens to provide valuable information to law enforcement to fight crime is making a big impact.
Each week, Northeast Mississippi Crime Stoppers asks the public to provide information about a criminal crime.
Since Crime Stoppers Northeast Mississippi began in the early 1990s, it has received 1,018, resulting in 607 arrests and 1,486 solved cases.
Callers can receive up to a thousand dollars for a tip.
“You can return the tip, as long as there’s an arrest from that tip, you get a percentage, up to a thousand dollars, it’s depending on what the crime is,” the president said. Susan Wren.
Crimestoppers offers a way for law enforcement, media, and the community to work together to get criminals off the streets.
The organization also ensures that all callers remain anonymous.
“A mother can return her son, a sister can return her brother, a brother can return her sister, it’s never public,” Wren said.
Saltillo Police Chief Dan McKinney says Crime Stoppers helps overcome two things that can get in the way of community participation, fear and apathy.
“Crime Stoppers is a huge asset, I worked in Tupelo for many years before becoming a chef in Saltillo and since being in Saltillo short term I know we’ve used them at least three or four times and were able to identify the topic we are looking for, Crime Stoppers is huge and we are all very lucky to have it in our area,” said Chief McKinney.
Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi also hosts the annual Blue Steel Challenge. This event is for law enforcement and allows professionals to test their skills on the range in a series of competitions.