What is Crime Stoppers?
On January 1, 2013, the Rockford Area Crime Stoppers Program completed 32 years of successful service to the citizens of Winnebago County. The program is managed by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stoppers Division and receives partial financial support from the City of Rockford Police Department for operating costs. The Division is staffed by one full time reserve deputy, who acts as director, and one full-time civilian assistant who is employed by Crime Stoppers.
The primary purpose of the program is to reduce crime and create a safer living environment by offering cash rewards to individuals who provide information which is used by law enforcement authorities in their efforts to identify criminal activity, solve crimes, recover stolen property and apprehend fugitives, thus creating the impression to potential offenders that the possibility of getting away with a crime is greatly reduced.
Program statistics for the year 2012 indicate the Crime Stoppers office received several thousand calls. Eight hundred fifty seven (857) calls were directly related to criminal activity, and the information was forwarded to the appropriate agencies for their investigative follow-up.
One thousand-ten (1,010) criminal cases were cleared. Five hundred ninety four (594) individuals were arrested. $1,186,148 in property, narcotics, and cash were recovered. Callers were paid $49,900 in rewards for their information.
For every dollar spent, authorities recovered $23.77 in narcotics, property, and currency. NOTE: The money used to pay rewards comes from contributions from the general public, foundations, corporations, businesses, civic organizations, etc. No tax dollars are used to pay rewards.
The Crime Stoppers organization also continues to address school-related crime through the "Quick 50" Progam. Public and private schools throughout Winnebago County use the program to encourage students to become involved in making their schools safter by offering up to $50.00 for information which leads to the suspension or arrest of students who are involved in criminal acts. In some cases, the reward may exceed $50.00.
The "Quick 50" Program statistics for the 2011-2012 school years (August 2011 - June 2012) are as follows: A total of 70 students were arrested or suspended and 70 cases were cleared. Nine (9) alcohol cases were cleared. Thirty five (35) narcotics arrests were made. Six (6) theft cases were cleared. Five (5) weapons cases were cleared. Seven (7) miscellaneous cases were cleared. Students were paid $1,695 in rewards. There was also $2,629 in narcotics and property recovered.
Informing the Public
Crime Stoppers and the media have an excellent relationship and are committed to disseminating information to the public. This partnership between Crime Stoppers, the media and the public assists Law Enforcement agencies arrest fugitives and solve crimes.
Programming can be seen during the following television news broadcasts:
WIFR (Channel 23 News) airs the Crime Stopper Alert on Tuesday and Friday at 6 p.m. & 10 p.m. and Wednesday at Noon,
WTVO (Channel 17 News) on Monday at 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.
WQRF (Channel 39 News) on Monday at 9 p.m.
WREX (Channel 13 News) promotes the program during their broadcasts
Comcast Cable (Channel 57 and Channel 17) broadcasts a "Fugitive Alert" segment (featuring 9 wanted fugitives) several times per hour, 24 hours a day
Print Media includes:
The Rockford Labor News features four fugitives on the front page of their weekly publication
The Rockford Register Star promotes the program in their paper.
Rockford radio stations, which serve the Greater rockford Area actively promote Crime Stoppers by doing PSA's, special interviews and crime alerts on a need basis.
Lamar Advertising features numerous fugitives on their digital billboards which are located at four different locations throughout Winnebago County.
Crime Stoppers Fugitive Alert Bulletin
The Rockford Area Crime Stoppers Fugitive Alert Bulletin continues to be published in cooperation with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office and the Rockford Police Department. The bulletin features nine individuals wanted on warrants, and is disseminated throughout Winnebago County by Law Enforcement officers, e-mail, postal services and is available online. To see the latest Fugitive Alert Bulletins click here.
Rockford Area Crime Stoppers on the web: www.rockfordcrimestoppers.com.