Amarillo Crime Stoppers Police Coordinator and several volunteer board members attended the 26th Annual Texas Crime Stoppers conference in Beaumont, Texas. The conference is necessary training to retain official state certification as a Crime Stoppers program. During the conference there is also an awards ceremony which was held on Thursday October 9, 2014. During the ceremony, Amarillo Crime Stoppers, Inc received an award from the OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Texas Crime Stoppers Council. The award was for Productivity and Greatest Dollar Recovery for the 2013 year statistics submitted for Amarillo Crime Stoppers. This award is based on the population served in the Potter, Randall and Carson County communities in which the program is certified to provide service to. In addition to the award given Thursday, Amarillo Crime Stoppers also received recognition by THE STATE OF TEXAS for celebrating our program’s 35th anniversary. This document will be posted in the Police Coordinators office as well as the award from the Texas Crime Stoppers Council.
To date, Amarillo Crime Stoppers has recorded a total of 15,878 tips. Of those tips, 4,188 have resulted in individuals arrests, the clearance of 4,385 cases and the capture of 1,053 fugitives. Calls to Amarillo Crime Stoppers seem to always be increasing. So far this year we have had a total of 1,385 tips received compared to 1,220 in 2013 where we recorded a total of 1,666 tips for the entire year. At this pace we are on track to pass last year’s record. Other notable statistics dating back to 1998 include the arrest of 15 persons for Homicides which cleared 10 Homicide cases, the recovery of 86 vehicles, 88 weapons, $244,644 cash, $1,299,595 in recovered property, $166,032 in other property and $838,270 in drugs seized/recovered. The board for Amarillo Crime Stoppers has approved reward payouts of over $487,000.
Amarillo Crime Stoppers is comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives. Amarillo Crime Stoppers provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community. |Amarillo Crime Stoppers program began in 1979 from the efforts of our City Commission and the Amarillo Police Department. Our program now operates as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. The concept has developed into a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Donations of airtime, newspaper space, and reward monies have established Amarillo Crime Stoppers as an effective tool to fight crime in the area. We currently have 19 board members who are all volunteers. Our board currently is open to prospective new like-minded citizens with clean criminal backgrounds. Citizens interested in helping to improve our community by participating in our program should contact any board member you may know or our Police Coordinator, Cpl. Slover at (806)374-4400 or by email at email@example.com.