Flint & Genesee County Crime Stoppers receives national award

Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 4:40 PM EDT
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(09/18/18)- This past year the tip line for Crime Stoppers saw a significant jump, with a more than 200 percent increase in the number of tips being called in.

Thanks in part to a nearly $80,000 grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

"We want to be trust between the community and the police. When they see the tips are being followed up on, then they know that we are all working together to make a safe community, said Crime Stoppers Director, Julie Lopez.

The organization used the funds to educate, engage and empower residents to anonymously provide local law enforcement agencies information to solve crimes.

Last week, during the Crime Stoppers USA Training Conference in New Orleans, the Flint chapter was recognized for their hard work with the Community Initiative Award.

"It was exciting to be chosen. And it was for the public service announcements that we had done, the billboards we put up monthly, press conferences, we tried to include the families on those public service announcements and really get them involved. it just shows that the collaboration between community, and Crime Stoppers and law enforcement and the media," said Lopez.

Local law enforcement agencies say being able have a tool like Crime Stoppers has been a game changer.

It's huge, people have a lot of anxiety about becoming involved, especially when you are talking about serious criminal events and crime stoppers provides them a means to do that," said Metro Authority Police Chief, Matthew Bade.