Special to the Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON - Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi, Inc. received the award today designating them the "Mississippi Crime Stoppers Program of the Year." This award was presented at the conclusion of the 2009 Annual Mississippi Crime Stoppers Conference in Tunica, MS by the Mississippi Crime Stoppers Advisory Council Chairman Walter Tucker and Trish Harbour, Crime Stopper Division Director of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
In presenting the award, Mr. Tucker stated: " This program is one of the largest crime stopper programs in the state covering seven (7) counties in the Northeast Mississippi area. They receive a large amount of tips each month that play a major role in helping solve crime in Northeast Mississippi. This program is made up of people who care about their communities and in keeping the criminal element out. With this program's strong impact and partnerships with local law enforcement agencies and various media outlets, it is the perfect example of a Crime Stopper Program."
Receiving the award on the behalf of the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi, Inc. were Vice-Chairman Bob Chesnut, who represents Pontotoc County; Treasurer Bill Allen, who represents Lee County; Board Member Pat Patterson, who represents Alcorn County; Board Member Sharon Terry, who represents Alcorn County; Board Member Janet Fulton, who represents Tishomingo County; and Crime Stopper Coordinator Lt. Tim Tate with the Tupelo Police Department. Chickasaw County members are Norman Griffin, Jr. and John Walden of Houston.