Goliad joins coastal Bend Crime Stoppers program

Sept. 3, 2011 at 4:03 a.m.

Crime Stoppers is coming back to Goliad.

In August, the Bee County Crime Stoppers voted to reorganize to include Goliad and Live Oak counties.

The new organization will be called Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers and will provide crime stopper programs to all three counties.

Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers is supported by Bee County Sheriff Carlos Carrizales, Beeville Police Chief Joe Trevino, Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby, and Live Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby.

The program is directed by a civilian board of directors with members from each county, three of whom are from Goliad County.

Crime Stoppers pays for good tips.

The money to pay the rewards comes from fees paid by felony probationers.

These fees are added to the court costs and are approved by the district attorney in the appropriate county. The money to operate the individual crime stopper program comes from grants and donations.

In 2010, Texas Crime Stoppers' tips statewide led to 7,002 suspects being arrested, 8,815 offenses cleared, $3,416,577 value of property recovered, and $48,098,307 value of narcotics seized.

Texas Crime Stoppers Council was established by the Texas Legislature within the Governor's Criminal Justice Division.

The council is responsible for certifying local programs and providing oversight and policy direction for the Texas Crime Stoppers Program. Bee County Crime Stoppers is a certified program and is working on the filings necessary to transfer the certification to the new multi-county program.

Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers will be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

All donations will be tax deductible under IRS rules.



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