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WHAT IS CRIME STOPPERS OF TANGIPAHOA, INC.?
Originally known as Hammond Crime Stoppers, the organization became a parish wide effort known as Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa in 2002. With the support of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, a Volunteer Board of Directors was elected in 2007 to begin a more aggressive approach to solving crimes throughout the parish. The program is based on the simple principal that for every crime committed someone other than the criminal has information that will solve it. There are two main problems which deter many citizens from calling the police; fear of retaliation and apathy. Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa solves both of these in that the program offers two important ingredients; anonymity and cash rewards.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Anyone with knowledge of a crime can call the 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL) Crime Stoppers Hotline, to relay clues, or other information. To assure anonymity, callers are furnished with a code number, which is used for future transactions. Callers remain anonymous and are never asked to reveal their identity. If the caller’s information results in the arrest and indictment of an individual, or to the recovery of stolen property or confiscated illegal narcotics, the caller is eligible for a cash reward. The amount of cash rewards are determined by the information given and the seriousness of the crime. The true identity of the caller is never revealed because it is never given to Crime Stoppers. Now concerned citizens are able to get involved in helping to solve the crime problem, without becoming involved, and no one ever knows who called.
WHERE DOES THE REWARD MONEY COME FROM?
Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. Crime Stoppers receives allocated funds from local court costs to pay the rewards to the callers. Its main funds come from individual donations, corporations, civic clubs and local businesses. In short, Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa depends on you for the funds to gather the clues that can help stop crime.
THREE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF CRIME STOPPERS
The Community – Citizens are responsible for forming Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc., and make up the Board of Directors, who establish police contacts, determine the amount and method of reward payments, coordinate activities with law enforcement and media, and generally oversee the program. The directors are also responsible for fund-raising and all volunteer service.
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