MIAMI-DADE CRIME STOPPERS
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ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

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Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County was created in September 1981. The Greater Miami Crime Commission received seed money from the Southland Corporation. Law enforcement agencies from Miami-Dade, City of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Hialeah each detached one officer to man the phone lines. A Board of Directors was created to administer the program, Channel 4-WTVJ became the Crime Stopper television station and the program was born.

Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers is funded in part through the Attorney General's Office Crime Stoppers Trust Fund.  Additionally, Crime Stoppers relies on volunteer Directors and tax deductible contributions from the public in order to operate the administration of the program.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our Mission is the ongoing development and implementation of an effective crime solving organization which serves the entire Miami-Dade County area.  The primary objective of the dynamic relationship between the COMMUNITY, MEDIA AND LAW ENFORCEMENT is:  "Working together for a safer, more secure living and working environment for all Miami-Dade County residents."

WHO IS INVOLVED - WHO WE ARE

Who We Are  - Admin and Tips Office
NAME
 POSITION
R. "Bo" BoClair
Coordinator
Richard Masten
Executive Director
Rick Lerner
President
Suzette Rice
Vice President
Kay Spitzer
Secretary
Bill Murphy
Treasurer
Patrick Kiel 
Ex-Officio

HISTORY

During the early 1980's, Miami-Dade County was besieged by a crime wave which demanded immediate attention. Local officials, the Greater Miami Crime Commission, and law enforcement were searching for a solution. After some research, they found a new and innovative program which offered monetary rewards to citizens who provide information to law enforcement on crimes and guarantees anonymity. The program, called Crime Stoppers, had begun in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and proved very effective.

Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County was created in September 1981. The Greater Miami Crime Commission received seed money from the Southland Corporation. Law enforcement agencies from Miami-Dade, City of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Hialeah each detached one officer to man the phone lines. A Board of Directors was created to administer the program, Channel 4-WTVJ became the Crime Stopper television station and the program was born.

Today the program is working better than ever.  A few changes have taken place, but the offer of anonymity for monetary rewards is still working. The tripartite relationship of community, law enforcement and media is still in effect. The phone lines are still answered by detectives from Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami. All local television stations in the area are involved in publicizing information regarding unsolved crimes and fugitives. Our print media is covered primarily by the Miami Herald and now includes several other community newspapers. We have approximately 15 radio stations airing the Crime Stoppers message in both English and Spanish. With this high degree of involvement, it is no wonder that Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade County has been recognized since 1990 as one of the top three programs in the world for productivity by Crime Stoppers International, Inc. The program has also received the Civilian of the Year Award, Coordinator of the Year Award, and the Coralie Wagner Memorial Service Award.

The program works because the community in Miami-Dade County cares and residents do not want crime in their neighborhoods . Crime Stoppers is still the most cost effective crime detection program  in the world. We plan to continue this success and expand our involvement in Miami-Dade County.