A Month for Love and Appreciation!
This month’s newsletter will focus on our Self-Care 469Tip of the Month, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, gun and gang activity, Valentine’s Day, and end with a HUGE story in our Crime Stoppers Featured Story of the Month section. As usual, you will see the necessary information about trainings, school contacts, print material requests, and social media links at the end of the newsletter. Thanks for tuning in this month and we hope you have a LOVELY February!
A Message for Coordinators
We wanted to remind you to please turn in dispositions when you have them. We appreciate ALL the work you are doing on behalf of your community. This program runs in huge part because of you and your hard work. Thank you to all of our coordinators who continue to do good work throughout this hard time!
Self-Care 469Tip of the Month
Using Positive Affirmations

Well, what are positive affirmations? They are positive phrases or statements used to help challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts.1 Positive affirmations can be used for motivation, boosting self-esteem, or to encourage positive life change. Many times it’s easy to become caught up in negative self-talk (e.g., “This is too much”, “I can’t do this”, “I’m not good at this”), so why not combat those thoughts with positive self-talk? Below are some starter phrases you can use by saying them out loud or in your head:

  • “I believe in myself, and trust my own wisdom.”
  • “My anxiety does not control my life. I do.”
  • “I am confident and capable at what I do.”
  • “I’m not going to be scared by a feeling.”
  • “I am not afraid to keep going, and I believe in myself.”

Self-affirmations do have science backing their effectiveness, if utilized correctly.1 Be sure to repeat them as often as possible, with three to five times daily being the most effective.1 You can even write them down or practice in a mirror to make them even more powerful.1 Click here to learn more about positive affirmations. We hope this self-care tip can help you and that you share it with those in your community!
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This month focuses on advocacy and education on the prevention of dating abuse. Emphasis is placed on teaching healthy relationship skills so as to prevent violence and/or prevent the cycle of abuse. 

Teen Dating Violence is more common than many people think. 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. has experienced some form of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they are in a relationship with.2 Notably, 26% of women and 15% of men say they have experienced some form of intimate partner violence before turning 18 years old.3 Teens who experience abuse are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, engage in unhealthy behaviors, take part in harmful behaviors (e.g., using drugs, tobacco, or lying), and think about suicide.3 Teens who are a part of an abusive relationship can carry the unhealthy patterns learned into other relationships in the future.4 

You can support victims and deter perpetrators from engaging in further violence by supporting efforts that work towards teaching teens how to develop healthy, respectful, and violent-free relationships.3 Strategies may include creating protective environments, teaching safe and healthy relationship skills, and by simply supporting survivors in a time of need.3

Friends for Life is a program of Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County that is equipped to take anonymous reports on victimization topics like Dating Violence. For those with information on an abuser or a friend suspected of being abused, submit an anonymous report by calling 817-469-8477, going to ww.469tips.com, or using our CCS FFL mobile app. Crime Stoppers, Campus Crime Stoppers, and Friends for Life are NOT crises lines. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please use the resources listed below.

Please visit https://469tips.com/dating-violence to learn more about dating violence and how Crime Stoppers is helping.
Ways to Promote TDVAM

  • Post about TDVAM on your social media.

  • Use the graphic above on your social media.

  • If you’re comfortable with it, let the youth in your community know you are a safe person to talk to.

  • Provide resources on your social media or other outreach mechanisms.

Resources

  • 1100 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, TX 76104
  • For Help: 817-916-4323

  • Call 1-866-331-9474
  • Text LOVEIS to 22522
  • Go online to chat

  • Call 1-800-656-4673
  • Go online to chat
Gun & Gang Activity
Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County is committed to providing an efficient way for community members to safely submit anonymous tips that concern gun and gang activity. While incidence of gang violence ebbs and flows throughout the year, it is without a doubt a notable contributing factor to crime and violence in Tarrant County communities. 

At Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County we can help by providing you and those you work with an anonymous outlet for providing information on suspected gun and/or gang activity. Providing these types of tips significantly increases the ability for local law enforcement to intervene and prevent further violence. To incentivize the community to report a tip on gun and gang violence, we offer a bonus reward of up to $250 on top of the traditional reward.

Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County is equipped to take tips on various forms of gun and gang activity including assaults, unlawful weapon possession, drug trafficking, human trafficking, theft, robbery, burglary, and various other crimes. Submit an anonymous tip about gun and/or gang violence by calling 817-469-8477, going to www.469tips.com, or using the “P3 Tips” mobile app and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,250.

Please visit https://469tips.com/gang-activity to learn more about gang activity/violence and how Crime Stoppers is helping.
Valentine's Day!
We’re wishing everyone a happy, safe, and warm Valentine’s Day! Here at Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County we want you to know that we appreciate and LOVE your support for this program throughout the years. It is because of lovely partners and community members like you that we are able to work towards reducing violence and the fear of violence across Tarrant County. Have a great Valentine’s Day!
Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County's
Featured Story of the Month
Over $170k Recovered by the Arlington Police Department Narcotics Unit

The Arlington Police Department's Narcotics Unit recently received a tip from Crime Stoppers about suspicious activity taking place at a local auto shop. APD officers then conducted surveillance on the business where they witnessed two vehicles arrive and then quickly leave the location. Both vehicles were pulled over for committing traffic violations—and officers subsequently conducted probable cause searches of each. Between the two vehicles, APD recovered $5,170 in marijuana, a handgun, and $167K in cash. The APD arrested the two drivers on various drug and weapons charges. 

Today and everyday we are grateful for our Crime Stoppers tipsters who choose to keep their community safe and free of potentially harmful illegal activity. This story shows how Crime Stoppers works in real life. Thanks to the Arlington Police Department, who had assistance from the North Richland Hills Police Department, for being great local law enforcement partners working to keep our community safe!
Training, Contact Info, and Print Material
While this school year looks different, the service provided by Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County to help you and your students, parents, and staff through the Campus Crime Stoppers and Friends for Life program remains the same. 



  • Print materials are available upon request and delivered to locations that are open for visitors.

  • Digital resources for this school year may be downloaded from our website here.
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If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns regarding Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County and our various programs please feel free to reach out to us at any time and we will respond in a timely manner.

Best regards,

Rachel Gilbert
Director, Special Programs

&

Julian Rangel
Engagement and Outreach Specialist

1100 Hemphill Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
817-469-8477 | 469tips.com | "CCS FFL" & "P3Tips" mobile apps