Texas Best Awards

The Texas Best Awards highlight Crime Stoppers corporations from around the state that stand out in a variety of categories. We divide these categories into three segments; the first being productivity or community impact, the second being the individual excellence awards, and the third is the media award categories. The productivity awards take a look at the numbers and based on our corporation’s statistics those with the greatest dollar recovery and/or most cases cleared in each population category. The second award category honors one individual per category for their exceptional performance and contributions to their Crime Stoppers Corporation and for making a positive impact on their community, other Crime Stoppers corporations, and Crime Stoppers in Texas. And the third award segment recognizes Crime Stoppers corporations across Texas who have put thought, creativity, skill and energy into getting their specific message out to the public via social media, radio, television, and newsprint, etc. The Texas Best Award Ceremony takes place during both the annual Campus conference, awarding campus organizations for their efforts, and the annual Community conference, awarding community crime stoppers corporations for their efforts. Texas Best Award Nominations are accepted during the correlating conference registration period.

Certified Texas Crime Stoppers organizations in good standing are encouraged to participate in this year's award competition recognizing the extraordinary efforts, commitment, and dedication to their mission of solving and preventing crime in Texas from January 1 (of the previous calendar year) through December 31 (of the previous calendar year). Nominations for awards open with the conference registration site. All nominations must be made with required attachments on the entry form provided.

Use one entry form for each separate entry and label each supporting item with your program name and competition category. Deadline will be provided on the registration site along with the submission form.

Individual Excellence Awards

Recipients of the awards for Coordinator of the Year and Board Member of the Year are ineligible for five years following their selection. Nominations for these categories must include an entry form, a one- page criteria profile that details the nominee’s service to Crime Stoppers, an endorsement letter from the board chair, and a digital color photograph of the nominee. Limit one entry per category per organization.

COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR

The Coordinator of the Year award honors one individual for exceptional performance and contributions to their Crime Stoppers organization, makes a positive impact on their community, other Crime Stoppers organizations, and Crime Stoppers in Texas.

BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR

The Board Member of the Year award honors one individual, who has demonstrated outstanding service through enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to their local Crime Stoppers organization and has positively impacted their community.

Productivity Awards

These awards are presented in two categories, most cases cleared and greatest dollar recovery (combined narcotics seized and stolen property recovered) based on statistical reports. We do not accept nominations for Productivity Awards as we use the actual statistics from quarterly reports submitted to PPRI. NO SUBMISSION REQUIRED.

Media Award Categories

All media award nominations must include a completed entry form, 100-word summary describing the entry, a digital copy of the entry (.mp4, .mpg, .mpeg, .mwv), and date or dates during the calendar year that the airing occurred. Limit one entry per category per organization.

BEST WEBSITE

The Best Website award recognizes the best Texas Crime Stoppers organization website. This award is judged on the following criteria:

  • Crime Stoppers related content
  • Concise, accurate, well written, and current information
  • Graphics are clear, sharp and relevant to content
  • Design (combining content and graphics) is well organized, and logical;
    • navigation is easy, and user friendly
    • content is grammatically correct, free of errors.

Nominations must include entry form with attached brief cover letter that includes the website URL and a description of the website. 

CREATIVE PUBLICITY

The Creative Publicity award recognizes the most creative or original way of publicizing Crime Stoppers through means other than television, radio, and newspaper. This award is judged on creativity, delivery, and impact on the community. Nominations must include entry form, a brief cover letter that describes the event or item(s), how the event or item(s) were used to publicize the organization, a digital photograph or sample.

SOCIAL MEDIA COMPETITION

The Social Media award is presented to a single organization for the best use of social media to promote the Crime Stoppers organization. Judging is based on use of the platform in a creative and informative manner and must demonstrate measures that reflect community engagement. Nominations must include entry form with attached brief cover letter that includes the website URL, social media handle, implementation, and level of success (how many views, likes, retweets, etc.). We encourage those who wish to submit video to include an externally hosted link to the video within their submission.

Eligible Platforms:

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter

Radio Competition

Crime of the Week

Recognizes the best radio Crime of the Week reenactment. Nominations are judged on production quality, content, and placement (times of airing).

Special Production / Public Service Announcement

Recognizes the best Special Production/Public Service Announcement (PSA). Nominations are judged on creativity, production quality, frequency of airing, and placement (times of airing).

Television Competition

Crime of the Week

Recognizes the best television Crime of the Week reenactment. Nominations are judged on production quality, content, and placement (times of airing). 

Special Production / Public Service Announcement

Recognizes the best special production/public service announcement (PSA). Nominations are judged on creativity, production quality, frequency of airing, and placement (times of airing).

Newsprint Competition

Crime of the Week

Recognizes the best Crime of the Week news article. Nominations are judged on display, frequency, content, and writing quality. Nominations must include a digital copy of the entry that includes dateline clipping and the name of the publication.

General Newsprint

Recognizes the best overall Crime Stoppers organization related news article. Nominations are judged on quality, conciseness, and originality. Nominations must include a digital copy of the entry that includes dateline clipping and the name of the publication.