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Crime Stoppers host 3rd fund-raising gala
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TRINITY – The public is being invited to help salute all Trinity County law enforcement officers during the 3rd Annual Gala hosted by the Trinity County Crime Stoppers (TCCS) on Saturday, Jan. 29. The family event will be held at the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899 on West Caroline Street in Trinity. A dinner and silent auction will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., a live auction will run from 7-8 p.m. and a dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $12 per person and are available from Larry Grant at 936-662-1501, Linda Pettitt at 936-661-0243 or Harry Bauder at 281-684-1270. Because of limited seating for the dinner, those planning on attending are urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Tickets sold at the door will probably be only for the dance and auctions. Music will be provided by the country group Raizin Cain with special guest Mary Allen Keating. The annual gala is the primary fund raising event sponsored by the local Crime Stoppers program. Money generated during the event is used to pay cash rewards for anonymous tips regarding local criminal activity. Depending upon the severity of the crime, Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of criminal suspects. Tips are reported anonymously through the Crime Stopper hotline at 642-2334. The group also uses its money to purchase equipment for area law enforcement officers to assist them with their official duties. Other activities sponsored by TCCS include in-service training programs for local officers based on the needs of each department. This includes courses in basic narcotics investigation and finger printing. The TCCS also is in the process of established an on-campus Crime Stoppers program at Trinity High School. Like its countywide program, the on-campus effort will offer cash rewards for tips involving criminal activity at the school. Other activities being planned for the coming year include the creation of a Citizens Police Academy to help instruct area residents on crime prevention techniques and re-establishing a weekly “Crime of the Week” column in local newspapers. Local officials note that the Crime Stoppers program is a cost effective way to assist local law enforcement agencies without using tax dollars. According to TCCS chairman Larry Grant, the current decline in the economy reinforced the need for the program, “Traditionally, when the economy is bad, crime goes up. There is no better time to support Crime Stoppers than now, when crime in flourishing and law enforcement’s resources are tapped out,” he said. He noted that local agencies cannot hire enough officers to be everywhere all the time but through Crime Stoppers, ordinary citizens can be partners in the fight against crime by becoming the eyes and ears of law enforcement in the community. “Every felon off the streets and behind bars makes the community safer,” he said. “The criminal activity of repeat offenders is interrupted, and subsequent offenses are prevented. Victims and potential victims are protected when a Crime Stoppers tip helps to arrest a criminal in our neighborhoods.”

 

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