Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
December 14, 2009 For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH JOINS LAW ENFORCEMENT, CRIME VICTIMS IN LAUNCHING “CRIMESTOPPERS” PROGRAM in L.A. COUNTY
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich joined Sheriff Lee Baca, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and police chiefs from over 20 cities to launch a new public-private partnership that will offer rewards to anonymous tipsters who provide information leading to the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.
Anyone with information on an unsolved crime is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers by:
• Calling 800-222-TIPS (8477)
• Texting the letters TIPLA plus the tip to 274637 or CRIMES
• Visiting the website online at lacrimestoppers.org
The Crimestoppers program was started in 1976 by a young detective in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was frustrated by the number of unsolved cases in his jurisdiction. The detective reached out to the community, media and law enforcement agencies for help. This new partnership helped the young detective solve a murder he was investigating within 72 hours.
Since its inception, this program has led to:
• over 500,000 arrests
• one million crimes solved
• 4 billion dollars in drugs and drug money seized
There are currently over 300 Crimestopper programs worldwide.
To view video and photos from the press conference, please click here: http://antonovich.lacounty.gov/Pages/Multimedia/121409%20crimestoppers.html