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The purpose of Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers, Inc. is to pay rewards to citizens/tipsters for confidential criminal information regarding crimes in Brown, Mills and Coleman counties. Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers, Inc is a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors, with a law enforcement coordinator that works with the local law enforcement community. Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers welcomes donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. Send your tax deductible donation to Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers, P. O. Box 83, Brownwood, TX 76804.
What Is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers is a citizen, media and law enforcement co-operative program designed to involve the public in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers provides citizens with a way to anonymously supply law enforcement with information about a crime, potential crime, criminal activity or stolen property of which they have knowledge. When information leads to an arrest, citizens/tipsters who provide anonymous tips to Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers are eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.
How Did Crime Stoppers Begin?
In 1976, in Albuquerque, NM, a University of New Mexico student was killed during a gas station robbery two weeks shy of his wedding date. After a six-week investigation, the police had no leads to go on. Albuquerque Police Detective, Greg MacAleese, thought that if the public was able to see a reenactment of the crime on television, a witness may come forward and provide information that could lead to an arrest. The Detective was right. A caller contacted the police department. The tip information was enough to lead the police to the two men who were responsible for the robbery and murder. Within 72 hours of the reenactment being aired on Albuquerque television stations, the police had solved the crime. This was the beginning of Crime Stoppers and Detective MacAleese paid the cash reward out of his own pocket. Crime Stopper organizations are now worldwide.
How Did Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers Begin?
Brownwood businessman and owner of W.T. Harris Company, Barton Harris had a sincere respect for the Law Enforcement mission. His involvement in local Law Enforcement led to many special honors over the years. In the early 1980’s, Barton served on the inaugural board for Brown County Crime Stoppers. After relentless years of dedication, that Crime Stoppers unit was expanded to a multi-county unit to include Mills County and Coleman County and is now known as Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers. Barton perished in an aviation accident in 2010, in Eagle County, CO.
How Does It Work?
Tipsters report vital crime information using one of the following resources; call an out of area Crime Stoppers tip line ((800)222-tips(8477)) that is manned by trained communications personnel who receive and process tip information; log onto www.heartoftexascrimestoppers.org and click the link to submit a tip or scan the QR code; or download the P3 app to your mobile device. Tipsters are given a unique code number which is used in all subsequent contact; no names, phone numbers or internet tracking/tracing. As an anonymous tipster, your identity is not known. A reward of up to $1,000 is possible to anyone providing information which leads to an arrest for a crime. The media is a very important component of Crime Stoppers. Unsolved crimes may be publicized in a newspaper, aired on the radio or posted on social media. The media helps bring the program to the attention of the public.
Who Administers The Program? An active volunteer Board of Directors administers the program. Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers is a state certified, multi-county, non-profit organization that is responsible for raising funds and the disbursement of rewards. The Board of Directors work in close cooperation with a tip coordinator and local law enforcement entities.
How is the Program Funded?Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a community project supported by monetary donations, memorials and judicial probation fees. Contributions keep the program functional. Donations to Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers remain local and are tax deductible. Please consult your tax adviser. Send your donation to Heart of Texas CRIME STOPPERS, P. O. Box 83, Brownwood, TX 76804.
Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers is a volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is partially funded by tax deductible donations.
Mail your donation today to:
Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers
P. O. Box 83
Brownwood, TX 76804
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