By DANZA JOHNSON / NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – About 60 law enforcement agents from across the state participated in the seventh annual Blue Steel Challenge on Saturday to raise money for CrimeStoppers of Northeast Mississippi.
Tupelo Police Lt. Tim Tate coordinated the challenge, which is a day of shooting competitions for police officers.
“As always, this is our biggest fundraiser for CrimeStoppers so we try to make it as big as possible,” said Tate. “The money we raise here goes towards paying out award money to tipsters. So we depend a lot on this fundraiser.”
More than $2,500 was raised during last year’s challenge and Tate said he hopes to raise at least that much this year. A new 5k run was added this year.
Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton said CrimeStoppers is a vital tool for helping solve crime in the area.
“We always encourage the public to help solve crime in their communities and CrimeStoppers gives them a way to do that, so it is a program that helps both law enforcement and the citizens,” he said. “So to see all these different agencies out here pitching in to participate and help raise money is very good.”
Oxford Police Officer Kevin Houston participated in his first Blue Steel Challenge along with two other officers from the department. Houston, who entered the handgun competition, said the thrill of competing is the reason he decided to sign up.
“I came to test my skills against the other officers and to support CrimeStoppers,” said Houston. “It’s a great program.”
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