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Webster County Crime Stoppers has been serving Webster County, Fort Dodge, and the surrounding communities since 1982. It is a partnership between all of the good citizens of Webster County and all of the law enforcement agencies that serves and protects us. This partnership is essential to the safety and prosperity of our community. Webster County has a population of 38,000 with a Sheriff’s Office comprised of 17 Sheriff’s Deputies and 40 Police Officers within the Fort Dodge Police Department. We the citizens, are the eyes and ears of those brace law enforcement officers. Since the year 2001, citizens participating in Webster County Crime Stoppers have directly assisted with the capture of over 1,700 wanted criminals.
HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN CRIME STOPPERS?
If you have a courageous heart and you love your community – WATCH, LISTEN, CALL, TEXT, MESSAGE, DONATE. Be an ambassador and tell our story. We need all of you. Help make Webster County, Fort Dodge and all of our communities a safer, healthier, and happier place to live.
HISTORY OF CRIME STOPPERS
Crime Stoppers was the brainchild of a young Albuquerque detective who was concerned by the number of unsolved cases he and fellow detectives were working, and was particularly frustrated that all possible leads had been exhausted regarding the murder of a young college student. He felt information that would solve the crime was available from someone other than the criminal. That principal led to the major factors that needed to be addressed so individuals would come forward.
Members of the local community, media and law enforcement, came together in partnership to begin the effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement, and the first Crime Stoppers program was born on September 8, 1976.
A cash reward was offered to individuals that provided anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers with information which would lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the crime. The local media publicized the first “Crime of the Week” and the phone number to call with the information. A call received by the program resulted in the arrest of three men, within 72 hours, who had been involved in the homicide of the young college student that had occurred 4 months earlier.
Today, community and student Crime Stoppers programs reach around the world and are represented by the Nation/Regions of the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the South/Western Pacific.
The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success with the information received which has led to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for committing felony offenses, boasting an average conviction rate of approximately 95% on cases solved by a tip to the program.
Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the Community, the Media and Law Enforcement.