Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

August 25 NOTES
Today we heard from Gene Bishop of Greater Cincinnati Crime Stoppers which was formally organized in 1980. This is not a police or media program, but rather a partnership with those agencies. They do not receive government funds and survive on donations. Their objective is to get the community involved with the police in order to get criminals off the street. They motivate the public by allowing them to remain anonymous and paying them cash.

Crime Stoppers works with and encourages law enforcement to maintain phone lines that block all incoming phone numbers. This anonymity is the safety needed for the tipsters. The tipster calls in to declare where a criminal is at that moment, and Crime Stoppers gives them an ID number and calls local police. The tipster must call back after the criminal has been arrested and identify themselves by their number. An anonymous meeting is setup at a local hotel where the tipster meets someone in a yellow shirt and again, they identify themselves by their number. After being handed an envelope with cash, they go on their way.

Here are their 2014:
  • $90, 250 approved to pay out
  • 253 persons arrested
  • 442 felony cases cleared
  • $260,153 in property recovered

Major fund raisers include:
  • Corporate sponsored programs
  • Channel 9 WCPO Shredding Events (April/September)
  • Awards Breakfast
  • Golf outing
  • Community events (dances, bar-b-ques, fish fry, auto show)
  • Individual donations
  • Coroner’s Masquerade Ball

People can help by participating in fundraisers, drug take-backs or donating raffle prizes. You can also give anonymous tips by calling 513-352-3040.