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In an effort to raise funds for Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, Mayor Richard J. Berry declared the week of March 21, 2011 "Crimestoppers Week."

Albuquerque, New Mexico -- March 20 – 26, 2011 will be declared “Crime Stoppers Week” in Albuquerque. The community-led Crime Stoppers model began in Albuquerque 35 years ago and has helped to make our community safer.

The Mayor’s “Property Crime Initiative” has taken the police-community partnership to a new level. Because of this large number of apprehensions, there have been an increased number of reward payouts by Crime Stoppers, putting a strain on their reward funds.

“As we have said all along, this is a good problem to have, and I’m proud to be a partner
to the solution,” Mayor Richard J. Berry said.

Mayor Berry’s property crime initiative called “Our City, Our Property, Our Plan” has been tremendously successful, resolving 380 of the fugitive warrants profiled since we first began profiling offenders in December 2010. Since the program began, citizens in Albuquerque have seen over 440 property crime offenders profiled in advertisements in the Albuquerque Journal, on Clear Channel Outdoor’s electronic billboards and news reports.

The program is not successful solely because offenders are profiled. The program’s success lies with our community, whose tips to Crime Stoppers has helped to bring in many of these fugitives. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization which receives no government funding to support the rewards, call taking service and other advertisements they undertake. The organization operates on a budget of approximately $100,000 a year, and reward pay outs increased over $20,000 last year alone.

During Crime Stoppers Week, the Mayor will partner with Crime Stoppers and community partners to encourage the community to donate to the program to keep funding rewards which help police solve cases and put criminals behind bars. Crime Stoppers Week is an opportunity to reiterate that private donations are crucial to the program’s mission and highlight the need for continued donations to keep the fund healthy.

Crime Stoppers quick facts:
• The Crime Stoppers program began 35 years ago when an Albuquerque Police Detective partnered with the media to reenact an unsolved homicide. Tips from that news story ultimately led to an arrest and Crime Stoppers was born.
• Today, the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers model has been replicated in over 1,200 programs in all fifty states and more than 20 countries.
• Tips to Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers have led to the arrest of 2,001 fugitives and helped close over 7,300 cases in the Albuquerque area.
• AMCS has paid out over $500,000 in rewards since 1976
• Crime Stoppers is the only program guaranteed by law to protect the identity of tipsters. Because of this, tipsters are exempt from taxes on reward payments.
• Crime Stoppers is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and receives no government funding. 100% of the funding for rewards, tip line operations & advertisement is provided through donations from individuals, businesses and community organizations.

“Because they have been our partners in this project and paid out many rewards based on the ad and because this is an organization whose mission I wholeheartedly support, I am committed to helping them raise money over the next week, which I am declaring ‘Crime Stoppers Week’ in Albuquerque,” Mayor Berry said.

Additional information about Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as donation information is available on the organization’s website at www.CrimeStoppersNM.org

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