RIPLEY – Joining Northeast Mississippi’s Crime Stoppers program would yield important benefits in Tippah County’s law enforcement efforts, Sheriff Karl Gaillard told the Board of Supervisors on Friday.
Gaillard asked supervisors for permission to add up to $2 per misdemeanor fine to cases heard in Justice Court to fund the county’s participation in the program. The board took the request for advisement.
Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi is composed of and services a seven county area: Alcorn, Chickasaw, Lee, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Union and Tishomingo.
Social worker Kadie Hall explained how Crime Stoppers works and how it is funded, giving each supervisor a copy of the legislation that authorizes the program.
In addition to paying individuals for tips that lead to arrests, Crime Stoppers:
– Pays to tape re-enactments of unsolved crimes so they can be televised.
– Publishes Crime Stoppers cases in the newspaper.
– Keeps online information about crimes updated.
– Sponsors a semi-annual law enforcement breakfast.
– Places metal Crime Stoppers signs in communities and other projects,
“I think joining Crime Stoppers would help us a lot,” Gaillard said.
County Administrator Jim Owen noted that the board had already scheduled a date next week to review the fine structure for Justice Court, and said it also would be a good time to consider the sheriff’s request.
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