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Crime Stoppers Has Helped Texas Law Enforcement for 35 Years

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Nonprofit organization Crime Stoppers celebrates its 35th year in Texas in 2016. The groups’ local chapters are largely run by volunteers who work with local police departments. They provide a safe and anonymous hotline for people to call to report crimes and provide tips on wrongdoings.

Crime Stoppers got its start in New Mexico after a crime with few leads left police officers stumped. Albuquerque Police Detective Greg MacAleese came up with the idea to reenact the crime and broadcast it on television to see if the public could provide any insight. The experiment worked, and a caller came forward with a tip that lead to the capture of two guilty men.

As CCPD Blotter explains, “Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the identity secret of anyone who provides information to Crime Stoppers. Anyone who has information about an unsolved crime, or knows the location of a fugitive should call 888-TIPS or submit the information online at www.888TIPS.com.”

Sometimes the information can even lead to a reward for the caller. Since 1981, this organization has provided important tips to law enforcement and kept the community involved and feeling helpful when it comes to crime in their town.