Where is that Crime Stopper number??!!

March 3, 2011 • Business, Local Business Review

Susie Snyder, Steve Wolfe and Detective Albert Aldana, all Board Members of Chaves County Crime Stoppers, participated in [auth] the recent display of items confiscated by the Roswell Police Department allowing crime victims a chance to recover stolen property. Please call 622-7233 for more information on how you, as a private citizen, can help lower the crime rate in Roswell and Chaves County.

We are sure that on occasion, individuals may ask themselves “Oh, no! What is that Chaves County Crime Stoppers telephone number?” They don’t want to blurt the question out to a bunch of cronies, because it is critical to remain anonymous in everything related to Crime Stoppers. No one wants all his buddies to know he’s going to call. Therefore, this business page is a good opportunity for us to remind readers of the several locations where you can find 1-888-594-TIPS (8477) every week!

o  Every day at the bottom of the Police Blotter, you will note the Chaves County Crime Stoppers number.

o  And then, on Thursdays, check the ads at the bottom of the Business Review Page. It’s easy to see that number.

o  Is that it?  No, every week, usually on Sunday, you’ll see the Roswell SAFE Coalition logo with a safety column below and an invitation to you to remember 1-888-594-8477, the Chaves County Crime Stoppers number.

o  One more thing. More and more, articles about crime which appear in the Daily Record provide the Crime Stopper number at the bottom of the article.

Chaves County Crime Stoppers is not a new concept in Roswell, nor in New Mexico either. As a matter of fact, the originator of Crime Stoppers as a means of crime control is from Albuquerque. In 1975, a young police detective named Greg MacAleese was particularly frustrated by a murder case of a college student. He was convinced that someone out there knew who had committed this crime and that, with the right incentive might give information and help solve the murder. Detective MacAleese thought that maybe, just maybe, a cash incentive might be the answer. Partnering with local media and Albuquerque law enforcement agencies, a program was established to encourage residents to share information. Based upon tips which came in as a result, three suspects were arrested for the murder, within 72 hours!

Today, the Crime Stoppers program is active and vital to law enforcement across the world. Crime Stoppers International can be found in the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Africa and other countries. At a recent conference of Crime Stoppers USA in San Antonio, Steve Wolfe and Susie Snyder, President and Secretary respectively of the local Crime Stoppers organization, were privileged to hear a lecture by the current President of Crime Stoppers International. Mr. Michael Gordon-Gibson retired after 30 years of service to Scotland Yard’s Intelligence Command of the London Metropolitan Police. His words underlined the absolute necessity for citizen and law enforcement agencies to interact and cooperate with each other.

Here in Chaves County, the program is certainly not a new one either. It was in 1991 that the Chaves County Crime Stoppers established itself as a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization and for many years, was a vibrant and active program. However, somewhere along the way, Crime Stoppers faded and became somewhat dormant for a period of time. However, we are b-a-a-a-c-k! In 2010, Crime Stoppers worked hard to reestablish itself, and in 2011, we expect to flourish. The present Board of Directors includes Steve Wolfe, Neil Roe, Charles Shannon, Richard Lucero, Susie Snyder, Bill Golden and four law enforcement officers: CCSO Detective Bill Daleske, Sgt. Tom Moody of the RPD and Detectives Albert Aldana and Keith Rightsell, also of the Roswell Police Department. It is this board’s responsibility to make the determination of whether or not an award is given, and if so, they will determine the correct amount to be awarded. Any of these board members will tell you of the absolute thrill in providing a cash award to an anonymous individual who provides information that gets a criminal off the street and eliminates the criminal as a threat to the good citizens of Roswell and of Chaves County!

If you know of a fugitive from the law or can provide information concerning a crime, which leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for an award of up to $1000. It’s simple. Call 1-888-594-TIPS (8477), a call center in LaPorte, Texas and give your absolutely anonymous tip. The center is manned 24/7 and able to take calls in English or in Spanish. You should be given an identifying number for follow-up and the call will be directed to the Roswell coordinator. Remember, your tip could bring you a cash award of up to $1000! 1-888-594-TIPS)…. (8477).

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