Crime Stoppers seeking new members for board

The Hutchinson County and the Hansford County are seeking any interested individuals that would enjoy becoming a part of the Crime Stoppers board. There will be a open meeting for any inquiry for that position, and the public is welcome to attend the next board meeting, scheduled for March 24, 2011, at 7 p.m. at City Hall located at 600 N. Main Street, Borger. Lt. Anthony Griffin of the Borger PD said “All interested Individuals may attend this meeting and observe the activities of the Crime Stoppers Board, which will provide an insight as to the responsibilities and duties of the board and its members.” The Borger Police Department has taken the lead in the Crime Stoppers program and has appointed a new liaison and law enforcement coordinator, and a set process and procedure has been put in place.Crime Stoppers is being more aggressively and actively maintained, and due to this, the call volume of incoming calls in reference to tips has increased tremendously.The re-implementation of the Crime of the Week has become a large focus, along with bringing awareness to certain crimes, which in turn leads to tips.The BPD coordinates with the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office in reference to the Hutchinson County’s Most Wanted. Once the wanted subject is apprehended, his or her photograph, along with the award amount paid out by the organization, is published. This procedure has worked to entice people to contact Crime Stoppers with the tips, namely in regards to wanted fugitives.There have been approximately 14 relevant and proven tips called in to Crime Stoppers that have result in payment. This number doesn’t reflect the multiple calls and tips that, at the time, did not prove to be relevant and result in positive information. However, of the approximate 14 relevant and proven tips called in, five suspects have either been arrested and incarcerated or have taken care of their warrants.The program is continuing to work in an effective manner and will continue to yield greater results in the future as to assisting in solving crimes, as well as the apprehension and incarceration of fugitives from the law.All individuals interesting in becoming a part of the Crime Stoppers board are asked to call Lt. Griffin as to their intent to attend the meeting so that accommodations can be made as to the amount of Individuals planning to attend.” Lt. Griffin can be reached by calling the Borger Police Department at 806-273-0930, which is the Main Dispatch, or 806-273-0941.