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Annual TCCS gala slated Jan. 26
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TRINITY – Local law enforcement officers will be saluted during the 5th Annual Gala hosted Saturday, Jan. 26, by the Trinity County Crime Stoppers, Inc. (TCCS). The event will be held at the Trinity Veterans of Foreign Wars Post with dinner planned from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A live fundraising auction will be held from 7-8 p.m. and a silent auction will be underway from 5:30-9 p.m. The evening will conclude with a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight with the Glenn Lenderman Band providing the music. Tickets are $15 and are available at Main Street Emporium in downtown Trinity, according to TCCS President Larry Grant. The dinner, which is being catered by Joseph's Restaurant, will include a bacon wrapped hamburger steak, scalloped potatoes, rolls, green beans, strawberry cake and banana pudding, Liz and David Drake of Trinity Auction Gallery will once again serve as the auctioneers. Tickets to the event were donated by Wade Tidwell and his mother, Betty Tidwell, in honor of former Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, who left office on Dec. 31. Grant noted that Montemayor had been involved with the local crime stopper program for the past 20 years, dating back to his days as a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden. The TCCS official noted the annual event is being held in conjunction with the state's Crime Stoppers Month observance. Grant noted that Gov. Rick Perry has designated January to recognize the activities of the state's local crime stopper programs. In addition to offering rewards for tips that solve crimes, crime stoppers also raise funds to purchase equipment and provide training to local law enforcement agencies. "Since they began in 1976, Crime Stoppers programs have empowered citizens across our state to take a stand against crime," Perry said in his annual proclamation. "These programs bring together businesses, citizens, law enforcement and the media to combat crime and make our communities safer," he added. The governor noted statewide the program has collected anonymous tips that have lead to 175,000 arrests and the recovery or seizure of $1.2 billion in property and narcotics. Grant noted during 2012, the TCCS program was able to pass on over 40 tips to police or sheriff's department investigators. "That is more tips than we're ever had in any previous year and we hope to top that number this year," Grant said. The anonymous tip hotline, which is answered out-of-state, is 642-2334. When the tip leads to the arrest of a criminal suspect, TCCS arranges to pass along a cash reward to the tipster. Among the other programs that TCCS has been developing locally are school-based crime stopper clubs. Last year, it helped establish a program at Trinity High School and Grant said interest has developed to create similar programs at the Groveton, Apple Springs and Centerville schools. Grant said in the aftermath of the school shootings in Newton, Conn., Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is encouraging schools to develop programs to improve school safety. Crime stopper programs administered by students on the school campuses are among the programs being encouraged by Abbott. Proceeds from the gala will be used during the coming year to support the reward program, the school programs and the effort to provide equipment and training to local law enforcement officers. Additional information is available by calling 936-661-0243 or 936-662-1502.