Topic - Texas Crime Stoppers

Submit a Tip

To be eligible for cash rewards, anyone with information on a featured unresolved or cold case can provide anonymous tips in several ways:

Most crimes:

Contact your local Crime Stoppers hotline

Texas 10 Most Wanted or Fallen Hero Program:

Call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477)

Text the letters “DPS” followed by your tip to 274637 (CRIMES)

Submit a tip through the online system.

Use the mobile app

Texas Crime Stoppers organizations are community-based partnerships formed by dedicated citizens, law enforcement, and the media. They work together toward a common goal: the reduction of crime and the arrest and conviction of criminals and fugitives statewide. Local Crime Stoppers organizations serve as vehicles for citizens to relay criminal information to law enforcement agencies while remaining anonymous. Since inception in 1981, Texas Crime Stoppers has grown from 8 certified organizations to approximately 150 certified community and campus organizations. Dedicated volunteers run these programs, making them cost-effective tools for solving crime.

Eligible Funding Areas

Funds awarded to certified Crime Stoppers organizations are restricted to travel and training costs to attend Texas Crime Stoppers Council approved training and conferences, contractual and professional services, supplies (including equipment under $5,000.00), and indirect costs up to $400.00 for Directors and Officers Liability Insurance.

Grant funds also assist with reasonable costs associated with hosting the annual Texas Crime Stoppers conference or annual Texas Campus Crime Stoppers conference.

For fuller information about eligible funding areas, to learn more, or to review current funding opportunities, see eGrants for current opportunities.

Crime Stoppers History

The 67th Texas Legislature created the Texas Crime Stoppers Council on June 8th, 1981 to advise the Governor on Crime Stoppers programs in Texas. In 1989, the 71st Legislature passed Senate Bill 85 and Senate Bill 149. These laws charge the Council with certifying all Texas Crime Stoppers organizations. Certification assures the Governor that organizations are approved to receive and expend court generated fees. They also ensure compliance with the state statutory requirements, foster the development of local crime stoppers organizations as a way to prevent crime, and encourage the formation of new organizations. The Council consists of five members appointed by the Governor to four-year terms.

The “Most Wanted”

In addition to their community and campus organizations across the state, the Texas Crime Stoppers team at the Office of the Governor has a partnership with the Texas Department of Public Safety “Most Wanted” program. This program identifies select fugitives and wanted sex offenders across Texas. Since 2014, the number of Texas DPS programs in partnership with Texas Crime Stoppers has grown to include Texas Stash House Rewards Program, Texas Fallen Hero Rewards Program, and unique incidents reward offerings such as the I-35 rock throwing case and the Governor’s Mansion arson.

Campus Crime Stoppers

Campus Crime Stoppers brings young people together to create a safer learning environment. Not only do they work to keep the threat of violence, weapons, illegal drugs, and other dangerous activity off school campuses but they also give emphasis to the potential risks, such as dating violence, cyber bullying, underage drinking, drinking and driving, driving and texting, that teens and young adults often face and attempt to offer students access to people and services that can keep them safe.

These campus organizations led to:

  • 2,531 cases cleared on campuses in 2015 and 2016
  • 4,668 anonymous tips received
  • $122,000 in rewards paid to student tipsters
  • $428,000 in stolen property recovered
  • $42,000 in illegal drugs seized from campuses
  • 222 weapons recovered from campuses

Highlights

In 2015 and 2016:

  • CJD provided more than $660,000 in financial assistance to 75 local Crime Stoppers Organizations across the state.
  • Law enforcement apprehended 16 fugitives and 30 sex offenders listed with the Ten Most Wanted program based on Crime Stoppers tips.
  • Texas Crime Stoppers provided over 27,000 training hours to law enforcement and volunteers.
  • Texas Crime Stoppers programs received over 150,000 anonymous tips.

In 2016, Texas Crime Stoppers established an assistance fund for local organizations to host annual training conferences. Upon completion, attendees receive 16-hours of basic Crime Stoppers training, which is required for certification by the Texas Crime Stoppers Council.

In 2016, Texas Crime Stoppers initiated the Fallen Hero Program, which offers enhanced rewards for first responders who are intentionally killed or seriously harmed.

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