What is CrimeStoppers?
Offering anonymity and cash rewards, CrimeStoppers solicits information through the media on all felony crimes in
the community. To overcome the citizens' fear of involvement or reprisal, CrimeStoppers assures all callers they will
remain anonymous. In addition, the program pays cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of felony
How Does the Program Work?
The CrimeStoppers program is uniquely funded by private donations, United Way and in some cases from court-ordered
probation fees from those convicted of crimes. Few or no tax dollar are involved. Each program is established as a non-profit
organization and receives a state charter from the Secretary of State and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue
Service. A Board Of Directors, composed of private citizens, establishes a "hotline," operational policy, the amount and method
of the reward systems (some restrictions may apply) and provides for the raising of funds. The Bay City Police Department
provides CrimeStoppers with officer(s) who serve as coordinators of the program. That person coordinates with Matagorda
County Sheriff's Departments, Palacios and Bay City Police Departments, records all criminal information received by telephone,
and forwards it to the respective law enforcement agency for investigation. Each caller is issued a code number to ensure
anonymity; and should be information lead to arrest and/or indictment, the police coordinator forwards this information to
the Board of Directors on a monthly basis for the bash rewared amount to be determined.
How Well Does CrimeStoppers Work?
Since the inception in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976, CrimeStoppers programs have spread throughout the United
States and the world. They have assisted in solving tough crimes of sexual assault, murder, burglary, drug trafficking, and
other major offenses. The number of previously unsolved felonies solved by CrimeStoppers programs has surpassed 400,000.
In the past 16 years of its operation, approximately $2.1 billion in stolen property and illegal narcotics have been recovered.
CrimeStoppers Works: What It Has Done in Matagorda County
Over the past twelve years, CrimeStoppers information has been responsible for clearing over 343 crimes and the
arrest of over 360 suspects. During that same period of time, CrimeStoppers has been responsible for the recovery of
over $433,052 in stolen property and seizures of over $490,923 in illegal narcotics, while paying out over $27,765 in rewards
to people who provided information without giving their names. CrimeStoppers has provided a solution to many crimes
that would have gone unsolved.
Crime Doesn't Pay, But CrimeStoppers Does.
Matagorda County CrimeStoppers hot lines are in service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The phones are answered
by a professional answering service in Austin, Texas specifically trained for this effort and the information is immediately
relayed by fax machine to the CRIME STOPPERS coordinators in Bay City. They, in turn, pass it on to the proper law
enforcement department for investigation. This method assures the caller that they will remain anonymous and the information
will reach the proper authorities in a timely manner.
If you have information concerning criminal activity, your call will be appreciated. When citizens, law enforcement, and
the media team up, it can and will have a positive impact on crime in our counties, cities, and neighborhoods.
The fastest growing program in Texas is the School Campus CrimeStoppers Program. The Bay City I.S.D. has such a
program that has met with great success.
|Matagorda County CrimeStoppers|
P.O. Box 1978
Bay City, Texas 77404-1978
First Tuesday of the Month
at the Bay City Police Station
Chairman - Patsy Anderson
Vice-Chairperson - Mary Lou
Secretary - Tricia Jenkins
Treasurer - Gail Bass
Police Department Liason - Mark DeLeon
Liason - Bobby Rodriguez
Sheriff's Department Liason - Bruce Page
Crime Stoppers Logo designed by Vicki Maden of Bay