Liberty County Crime Stoppers Program
AUSTIN, October 17, 2014 – After several months of planning and preparing a revived Crime Stoppers Program in Liberty County it became a reality this past week when the State Crime Stoppers Council voted to allow not only Liberty County but San Jacinto County as well to come under the “umbrella” of the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers program. One of the priority items for Sheriff Bobby Rader upon first taking office was to revive the Crime Stopper program which had defaulted in the mid-1990’s. It was quickly found that it was much more manpower intensive and expensive to revive a defaulted program that it was to start up a completely new program due to at least a year and a half wait to gain a non-profit status from the state after having such a program failed in an area.
Enter the Montgomery County Sheriff Department’s Crime Stoppers board with Deputy Steven Squier as their full time Coordinator with an offer that could not be refused. Their board of directors wanted to expand their program to both Liberty County and San Jacinto County because, as it is so well know, the criminal element knows no boundaries and quite often wanted persons will commit a crime in several counties and flee to another. It was felt, and rightfully so, that by joining forces and coordinating the financial reward for information resulting in the arrest of wanted subject, this would benefit all three counties.
Since this past February, a member of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department has been attending the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers monthly board meeting and during this time various legal paper work has been completed in order to go before the State Council at last week’s meeting.
There will be a “Coordinator” working out of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department who will coordinate all “tips” with Deputy Squier with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department to pass on such “tips” and to establish the monetary rewards given to the “tipster”
In the near future, citizens of Liberty County will begin seeing advertisements regarding the phone number to call when someone has information they wish to pass on that would result in the clearing of a criminal case and the arrest of the person responsible. Even at this early stage of the program, anyone having a “tip” should call 1-800-392-7867 or go on line at montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org and report that information. The “tipster” will be given a number and their name and or identity will never be known. The financial award can be up to $1,000. for information leading to the arrest of the wanted person or persons.
With this new Crime Stopper program in place and now working more closely with other counties that join Liberty County’s borders, it is anticipated that more cases will be cleared with the public’s assistance. This is another effort to join the Sheriff’s Department with the citizens of Liberty County to help reduce crime and to arrest those who persist in violating the safety and security of our citizens. Sheriff Bobby Rader is looking forward to being able to award that first “tipster” with a check for information leading to the arrest of a wanted individual.