Students are saying
'Put the guns away'
Memphians soon will see the new messaging campaign above on the rear ends of Memphis Area Transit Authority buses, and MATA riders will read it on interior ad placards.
CrimeStoppers is celebrating 10 years of removing guns and other weapons - as well as drugs for use and sale -f
rom schools through the Trust Pays program. CrimeStoppers has averaged seventeen guns confiscated per school year because good students tell an adult they trust about illegal behaviors in their schools.
The advertising campaign reinforces the idea that the classroom is no place for guns and other weapons and that the unique CrimeStoppers program in the schools works.
Arrests quickly result
to join CrimeStoppers
Criminals beware: CrimeStoppers' reach has widened.
By the time that the City of Millington had officially joined CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County upon a second reading of an ordinance October 9, two arrests had been made resulting from tips from citizens of the northern Shelby County municipality.
Most CrimeStoppers tips come in to the organization's well-known tips line, 528-CASH (2274) and are quickly investigated as information moves from the Memphis Police Department's Real Time Crime Center officers to whatever law enforcement agency needs to follow up on the information. Millington citizens now are automatically connected to the number if they call the old Millington Crimestoppers number, and citizens are quickly learning the popular "CASH" number as the best option.
In moving under the umbrella of the bigger CrimeStoppers program, Millington and the old Millington Crimestoppers Program together also made a $10,000 monetary gift to the organization to help pay for future awards, and to help keep CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County fiscally strong.
"We are thankful that leading citizens in Millington reached out to us," said E. Winslow (Buddy) Chapman, executive director of CrimeStoppers. "Working more closely together will only make law enforcement agencies stronger and our communities safer."
As always, citizens with information that may be helpful in solving a felony crime also can send a tip by text or by secure webmail.