POSTED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 6:13pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 10:45am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Officials from various Brownsville agencies like the Brownsville Police Department, Chamber of Commerce and Department of Public Safety joined forces for a fundraiser luncheon to support the Brownsville Crime Stoppers.
"The Crime Stoppers program works through volunteers so there is no funding for it," said Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez. "So they have to come up with ways to raise money and this is an event that was started three years ago by the Crime Stoppers board in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce."
And the way it works is relatively simple:
"It's a simple three prong approach: the community, the law enforcement community, and the media," said Rodriguez.
Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McGraw was selected as the keynote speaker to share his input on why working with the community is crucial:
"First of all they're the ones that have the information about what the crimes are about and where they're occurring and who's doing em, and those that are doing it, where they're at," said McGraw.
Many times anonymous callers are afraid to reveal their true identity.
"There's always that element in society that doesn't want to report crimes, often times because lots of times for fear of retaliation, um, they don't want to be held accountable for having to report it," said Rodriguez.
"They work for money and they don't want to be fronted on this thing, they don't want to be identified as a snitch," said McGraw. "They want anonymity, they don't want to be compromised."
But the Crime Stoppers' tipster program makes sure a person's anonymity is of the utmost importance, especially in a court of law.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.