Michiana Crime Stoppers Increases Rewards for Gun Violence Advice

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Michiana Crime Stoppers has launched its Victory Over Violence program which increases its tipping rewards in an effort to encourage more people to come forward about gun crimes.

The move came just weeks after the city’s first quarterly safety update and as police were already investigating two fatal shootings this year.

Officials and community members said they hoped increased incitement would encourage more people to step up and speak out.

“It’s worrying that you’re scared your kids are out and something bad could happen,” said South Bend resident Timothy Hubbard.

Timothy Hubbard is a former police officer and lives on Diamond Avenue in South Bend, a few houses from where the recent shooting claimed the life of 40-year-old Terrance Cannon Sr.

“I’ve spent my whole career as a police officer so it doesn’t bother me at all if I know something, of course I’ll talk, but not everyone thinks that way,” he said. said Hubbard.

“Enough is enough. On February 1, the Michiana Crime Stoppers Board of Directors took another stand against gun violence by putting our money where our mouth is,” added Lt. Kayla Miller of the Department of South Bend police, who is also the coordinator of Michiana Crime Stoppers.

The new Victory Over Violence initiative designates an additional $1,000 for tips leading to the solving or apprehension of crimes committed with a firearm, such as shootings, armed robberies or assaults.

“I think it’s important that we increase the level of incentive and the level of engagement with our community because we can only address violence in the community if we come together,” said the mayor of South Bend James Mueller.

“Gun violence in our city is significant and we are looking for ways to get information so that those who perpetuate these heinous crimes can be brought to justice,” added Pastor Canneth Lee, First District Councilor and Anti-Lawry Intervention. armed violence. Attorney.

Last year, officials said there were more than eleven hundred incidents of gun violence in the city, including nearly 20 fatalities, which is why the latest initiative also follows recent increased tips for homicide cases.

Again, if you have information about any of the recent shootings in the city, you can call the South Bend Police Department or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

Mark M. Gagnon