Crimestoppers ready to get back to the fight

ROCKY MOUNT — After a lull in activity due to the pandemic, Twin County Crime Stoppers is ready to return to the forefront of crime fighting, according to local law enforcement officials who support the program. tip line.

“Many agencies have additional resources in place to receive information about crimes, however, the nationally recognized CrimeStoppers is a valuable platform that allows citizens to receive cash rewards for information about crimes. We will continue to push Crime Stoppers to the fore,” said Rocky Mount Police Chief. Robert Hassel.

After a pause in activity due to the Covid pandemic, the Twin County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors is working to resume regular meetings and improve the program to meet the needs of the agencies it serves and the community. community, according to a press release from Cpl. Ricky Jackson, Public Information Officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

The Nashville Police Department last used a tip from Twin County Crime Stoppers to help solve the Nov. 4, 2019, murder of Marquess Perry, 27, of 1847 First St. in Nashville, the chief of the Nashville PD, Anthony Puckett.

“Twin County Crime Stoppers are a major help in solving crimes in our area,” Puckett said. “We use this vital platform to help bring criminals to justice for the community and families of victims.”

Crime Stoppers has been a vital tool over the years, helping solve many crimes in Nash County communities, said Capt. Brandon Jenkins of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office. “It helped build relationships and partnerships with the community and law enforcement,” Jenkins said. “Let’s help Crime Stoppers continue to build relationships with our communities.”

Twin County Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in any local crime. Tipsters call 252-977-1111 and speak with a Crime Stoppers Coordinator. The line has no caller ID capability and conversations are not recorded.

The information received from the call is forwarded to the agency responsible for investigating the crime or to the one with jurisdiction. Advice received may include responses to published media requests for information or other crimes about which the caller can provide information.

By guaranteeing anonymity, Crime Stoppers allows whistleblowers to provide information without threat of retaliation.

Additionally, offering cash rewards encourages tipsters to provide the information they might not otherwise be willing to provide, according to the organization.

The organization is looking for residents to serve on the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. Positions are available, and if a citizen would like to be considered for a vacancy, email [email protected]

“Partnerships between law enforcement and citizens in the Twin Counties are an important part of our strategy to reduce and solve crime. We are grateful that Twin County Crime Stoppers are available to serve as a resource to help strengthen these partnerships. We encourage all citizens in Edgecombe and Nash Counties to get involved and use this platform to help make a positive difference within our communities. We can create the change needed by working together said Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the first Crime Stoppers programs were developed to obtain voluntary information from people to help solve criminal cases. Crime Stoppers quickly became an effort across the United States.

In March 1993, the Twin County Crime Stoppers program was launched. This program is housed within the Investigations Division of the Rocky Mount Police Department and serves Rocky Mount and all towns and cities in Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Mark M. Gagnon