CRIMESTOPPERS was started in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Greg MacAleese, a concerned 4-year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department. By 1982 more than 300 communities in the United States had similar programs and the program went International the same year. Now, there are thousands of similar programs throughout the world and they have become one of the most effective anti-crime programs in existence.
CRIMESTOPPERS uses a very ingenious way help solve crimes: REWARD FOR INFORMATION. The use of information, whether from concerned citizens or paid informants, has played a vital role in the success of police work since the earliest times. Each caller is guaranteed anonymity with various codes and key words used for identification purposes, and rewards are offered in cash.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE CRIMESTOPPERS was formed on October 31, 1991 and includes Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Clay, Monroe and Noxubee Counties. GOLDEN TRIANGLE CRIMESTOPPERS is a unique crime fighting tool creating a partnership between the media, private citizens, businesses and all of law enforcement within these counties in an organized effort to solve crimes.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE CRIMESTOPPERS receives NO city, county, state or federal funding. It is fully supported by voluntary contributions/donations from private sources, corporations, civic clubs or social groups, professional organizations, retailers, and concerned citizens. Funds for CRIMESTOPPERS are also collected through Oktibbeha County Justice Court from traffic citations upon conviction. Fifty cents (.50) is given to CRIMESTOPPERS form each traffic conviction. These donations provide reward monies and basic operating costs of the organization.
CRIMESTOPPERS works, but it needs you support to continue to be successful. Contributions to Crimestoppers are needed on a continuous basis. The greater the success of the program, the greater the need for funds. Citizen involvement is our greatest asset in assisting law enforcement. Volunteers can also help with publicity, mailings, fund raising events and programs sponsored by CRIMESTOPPERS.
HOW DOES CRIMESTOPPERS WORK?
Each week, an unsolved crime is featured in local newspapers, radio and television. These mediums are used to reach those people who may have information about a crime and let them know that if their information leads to an arrest and conviction of a crime, they can be eligible for a reward up to $1000. The caller remains anonymous and is given a specific code number to be used. In all future contacts, the caller is identifies only by code number to maintain his/her anonymity.
The information received through CRIMESTOPPERS is then forwarded to the Agency which has jurisdiction on this crime. When the information leads to arrest, the Agency notifies CRIMESTOPPERS. This is included in the monthly report brought before the Board of Directors and the amount of reward is then determined. The caller is then advised how and when to collect the reward and anonymity is still maintained.
WHO BENEFITS FROM CRIMESTOPPERS? YOU DO!
Criminals are apprehended, prosecuted, convicted and sent to prison
- Stolen property is recovered and returned to the owner
- Other crimes may be solved in conjunction with this case
- Hundreds of investigative hours are saved allowing manpower to be used in other areas