Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization certified by the Governor’s office and widely supported by funding from donations and supported by the local media. It consists of a dedicated, non-paid volunteer board working with a Corpus Christi Police Coordinator who act as liaisons between the Board, the Police Department, other law enforcement agencies and the media. Crime Stoppers provides an avenue for the citizens of Corpus Christi to report crimes anonymously through the use of a hotline and pays rewards to anonymous tipsters.
Crime Stoppers began after a university student was killed during a gas station robbery in July, 1976 in Albuquerque New Mexico. After six weeks of investigation the police had very few leads as to who was responsible. Albuquerque Police Detective, Greg MacAleese, thought that if the public was able to observe a reenactment of the crime on television this may lead to a citizen providing information that may lead to an arrest. Greg MacAleese was right. A caller contacted the police department the next day after seeing the reenactment. The tip information was enough to lead the police to the two men who were responsible. Within seventy two hours of the reenactment being aired, the police had solved the murder. This was the beginning of Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers spread to Texas on June 8, 1981, and then reached Corpus Christi which started its own non-profit group on October 28 of the same year.
Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers approved $45,930 dollars in rewards for solutions to 114 crimes in Corpus Christi in 2015. Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers has approved $19,910 dollars in rewards for the solutions to 36 crimes in Corpus Christi in 2016 as of June 8, 2016.
Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the identity secret of anyone who provides information to Crime Stoppers. Anyone who has information about an unsolved crime, or knows the location of a fugitive should call 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. If the information leads to an arrest, it may earn the caller a cash reward.