A non profit organization since early 2000 that serves the County of Cameron in deep South Texas.
Its major communities are Brownsville, Harlingen, San Benito, Los Fresnos, Rio Hondo, Santa Rosa, Santa Maria, Combes, Palm Valley, Primera, Port Isabel, and South Padre Island.
The Cameron County Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization serving Cameron County, TX. Its purpose is to bring criminals to justice and create awareness in its community that will lead to less crime and a safer place to work, live, play and visit.
Via a system/software Cameron County Crime Stoppers is able to receive anonymous tips about crime and fugitives. The tips that are received are relayed to the appropriate investigation agency or other law enforcement agency.
All Callers Remain Anonymous. The caller is assigned a code that they may use as reference and they always remain anonymous. The caller does not provide their personal information, therefore, the caller may feel safe on reporting any tips on a crime and/or fugitive. The caller will not be asked to testify in court.
When an arrest and/or indictment of a suspect occurs, the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors will review and approve a cash reward. The reward is paid in cash and may be for up to $1,000. The amount depends on the seriousness of the crime.
Crime Stoppers started in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976. A police detective, named Greg MacAleese, was working on a murder case, did a re-enactment, and publicized a reward, offered by a local civic organization. A tip was called in, a suspect was arrested, and the reward was paid. From then hundredths of crime stoppers organizations and/or programs have been established through out the United States to include Cameron County Crime Stoppers in Cameron County, TX in the early 2000s.
Cameron County Crime Stoppers is a state-certified Crime Stoppers program.