Crime Stoppers President Cathey Brown and Law Enforcement Coordinator Armando Musquez were both present at the courthouse Monday when Bee County Judge David Silva proclaimed January as Crime Stoppers Month here.
In a prepared statement, Musquez said the current Crime Stoppers group has been in operation here since 2006 and it is managed by a small and dedicated group of volunteers.
“Through the use of a national Crime Stoppers software program called ‘Tip Soft,’ these volunteers work in conjunction with the Beeville Police Department, the Bee County Sheriff’s Office and the local media to make the county a little bit safer to live in,” Brown said.
Musquez said the program was a huge learning experience during the first two years its organization.
“Not much was done, but the volunteers persisted in their efforts,” Musquez said.
“In the last three years, that persistence had paid off,” he added.
Since 2006, the organization had received 1,857 calls on the tip line and of those 119 were forwarded to the BPD and BCSO. Those tips have led to 17 arrests, the seizure of $3,200 worth of narcotics and restitution or forfeitures of more than $3,000 to the victims of crimes.
“As of December of last year, more than $4,500 in rewards have been paid out,” Brown told the Bee County Commissioners Court.
In recent years, a Crime Stoppers program has been organized on the campus of A.C. Jones High School. That program has resulted in 11 tips which led to the confiscation of $387 worth of narcotics and the seizure of two knives.
Musquez said that program has paid $600 in rewards to witnesses who had the courage to come forward with information that could make their campus a little safer.
The Crime Stoppers program is funded by grants and court fees, but mostly through donations received from the public.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.