In the mid-1970’s, the city of Albuquerque, NM (330,000 residents) held the record for the nation’s highest number of crimes per capita.  The public lacked confidence in the police department, and morale within the department was low.  Officers felt helpless against a surge of crime that had spiraled since the mid-1960’s.  Crimes went unsolved, because no one would provide information about offenders.  Victims felt that reporting crime was futile.

 

In 1976, Officer Greg MacAleese decided to do something.  MacAleese put aside the high tech approach to law enforcement and fell back on a very traditional police theory…. rewards motivate people to give information that solves crimes.  MacAleese developed a program aimed primarily at people who felt no moral obligation to cooperate with police.  To avoid allegations of police corruption, MacAleese arranged for program funds to be raised by private citizens through a non-profit organization.  This is how Crime Stoppers was born.

 

By 1979 the program had grown to become Crime Stoppers International with programs in Canada, England, the Netherlands, and West Africa.  To date, Crime Stoppers is active in over 30 countries around the world.  Utilizing the link between the Community, the Media, and Law Enforcement, Crime Stoppers was born.

 

Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the Community, the Media, and Law Enforcement, whose mandate is to “Work Together to Solve and Prevent Crime”

 

The program is a community based, non-profit registered corporation, managed by a civilian volunteer board of directors.  It is a crime information collection operation, which enables anyone with information about the crime, and who wishes to remain anonymous, to pass that information on to law enforcement through a neutral organization.  The program works because of its unique partnership between the public, the media and law enforcement, working together to resolve community problems through the apprehension of criminals and prevention of crime.  It is an effective partnership because everyone shares an equal role in solving crime. Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi is composed of and services a nine county area; Alcorn, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Union, Tishomingo and Tippah counties; The board of directors currently numbers 22 members.  The Executive Committee consists of the Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Past Chairman. The Tupelo Police Department serves as the host law enforcement agency and provides a law enforcement coordinator, as well as other resources.

 

 

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi. Inc.: The beginning

 

 

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi, Inc. had its humble beginnings with some of the planning being done in late 1992.  On January 5, 1993 the Crime Stoppers mailing address and telephone line were established.  The first formal meeting was held on January 18, 1993 at the Mall at Barnes Crossing.

 

 

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi is composed of and services a nine county area: Alcorn, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Union, Tippah and Tishomingo counties. The board of directors currently numbers 22 members.  The Executive Committee consists of the Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Past Chairman.  The Tupelo Police Department serves as the host law enforcement agency and provides a law enforcement coordinator, as well as other resources.

 

2013 Officers:

Amy Wyatt: Chair - Lee County

David Alan Hodge:Vice Chair – Chickasaw County

Bob Baughn: Secretary - Lee County

Bill Allen: Treasurer – Lee County

Kadie Hall: Immediate Past Chair - Prentiss County 

 

Law Enforcement Coordinator:

Captain Allan Gilbert

 

C0- Coordinator

Ken Shackelford- Prentiss County

 

2013 Board Members:

 

Dedra Walker – Alcorn County

Tuesde Johnson - Alcorn County

Sharon Terry- Alcorn County

Robert (Bob) Chesnut – Pontotoc County

Clay Foster – Pontotoc County

John Walden – Chickasaw County

Norman Griffin – Chickasaw County

David Alan Hodge – Chickasaw County

Bill Cooper – Union County

Jim A. Browning – Union County

(Vacant) – Union County

Garald Jetton – Itawamba County

Jimmy Parker -  Itawamba County

Mary Hood – Itawamba County

Joanna Fowler - Tippah County

(Vacant) – Tippah County

(Vacant) – Tippah County

Eddie Richey – Lee County

Kenneth Wheeler – Lee County

Amy Wyatt – Lee County

Bill Allen- Lee County

Bob Baughn – Lee County

Charlie Greer – Lee County

Gail Childers – Prentiss County

Kadie Hall – Prentiss County

Barbara Shackelford – Prentiss County

Bill Harrington – Tishomingo County

Janet Fulton – Tishomingo County

Dian Crawford – Tishomingo County

 

 

Associate Board Members:

Andy Hughes

Kenneth Jackson

Pat Smith

Fred H. Page

Ronnie Clayton

James Gary Coleman

Deborah Coleman

Nicky Carter

Delia Carter

Lydia Paseur

Jo Ann Herrington

 

 

 

 

Written on August 9th, 2013

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    Jeff Palmer commented

    This is Assistant Chief Deputy Jeff Palmer with the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Department. We have a crime we would like to put on Crime Stoppers. Please contact me at 662-279-9593.

    June 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

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