Lamar – Red River County Crime Stoppers is celebrating January 2017 as Crime Stoppers Month. Lamar –Red River County Crime Stoppers has celebrated Crime Stoppers Month since 1998 by doubling rewards up to $1,000 maximum for information submitted during Crime Stoppers month that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect or suspects wanted for unsolved criminal activity, the location of illegal drugs and/or narcotics, the recovery of stolen property, or the location of wanted persons.
Crime Stoppers Month has been celebrated annually since officially being proclaimed in September 1986 at the Crime Stoppers International conference in Edmonton, Alberta. It is a time when Crime Stoppers programs around the world highlight their success. Lamar – Red River County Crime Stoppers tips have led to the arrest of 2,144 suspects and cleared 3,739 cases. Rewards totaling $315,000 have been paid to 1,048 tipsters. Property with a value of $2,138,325 has been recovered, and drugs and narcotics with a value of $981,487 have been seized due to Lamar –Red River County Crime Stoppers tips. But statistics are not the only value that Crime Stoppers should be judged upon. Other benefits include increasing community awareness, the interest of citizens to become involved with crime fighting, and an improved relationship between law enforcement, media and citizens.