More donors are sought to help  MPD officers & guests see a great show

"I had no idea," the man said to his wife as they filed out of the Playhouse On The Square main stage theatre following a show a year ago. "Did you know there was live theater this good in Memphis?"  

"Not me," his wife said with a smile.

Those comments and many like them were part of the buzz at the end of last year's performance of the musical Million Dollar Quartet. The two were among 130 of the city's police officers and guests who attended last year with 220 other paying patrons, filling the house for the sixth annual CrimeStoppers Night At The Theatre event. The 130 seats were paid for by appreciative donors - people who care about CrimeStoppers, great stage dramas, and the city's men and women in blue.

This year, the audience will see Dreamgirls on June 22 and, like last year,  there will be a contingency list of other officers ready to grab two seats if any are available after the first 130 are taken.

"I can't tell you how much the Memphis Police are thankful for the  opportunity to have a night out like this provided to them for free - a great meal at our reception that starts at 6 p.m., and then a spectacular show at 8," said E. Winslow (Buddy) Chapman, CrimeStoppers executive director. "Often we see officers attend who have never had the opportunity to see a live show before."  

So far donors have paid for more than a third of the 130 seats set aside for  the MPD. CrimeStoppers hopes and expects others will step up and pay for the rest of the 130 seats, said Chapman.

Playhouse is located at 66 South Cooper Street at the corner with Union  Avenue. There also are seats left for patrons who want to see the show that night.

To buy tickets and/or to reserve for officers, click here. Proceeds after costs support CrimeStoppes programs, including the  528-CASH anonymous tips line.

The 'Most Wanted' fugitives
get 'free' mug shots posted

Every week CrimeStoppers posts photos and information on fugitives with  current warrants in Shelby County. They are what the Memphis Police Department refers to as "Memphis's Most Wanted."

The individuals have skipped court dates or cheated on bail or otherwise  tried to short-circuit the justice system. Every week a dozen or more men and women are added to the list.

Many are later arrested. And many of those arrests are thanks to  CrimeStoppers tipsters.  

To see the latest list of fugitives visit this page

Help spread the word

If you like - we hope you do! - you can help the cause against the metal thieves by liking our new CopperStoppers Facebook page. And tell your friends, co-workers and acquaintances.

While you're at it, let them know about the main CrimeStoppers Facebook page too.

Tips can bring
more cash
in some cases

In some homicide cases, extra awards are generated by families devastated by loss, or even by the public outpouring of sadness and donations. The awards above and beyond the CrimeStoppers typical awards often happen because law enforcement officers have few leads. 

A special award is posted in the drive-by shooting of Dondriel Cunningham, 27, who was shot last November while standing and talking to a friend. 

Another extra award is posted for information leading to the arrest of whoever shot Gregory Howard, a New Orleans firefighter who was a bystander when a fight broke out. 

Their stories -- and others -- can be found   here.  

Shop via Amazon
Smile, fight crime

CrimeStoppers participates in the AmazonSmile program. Any eligible item purchased from Amazon will benefit our organization.
Here is the link to use, to bookmark and to send to friends:
With this program, 0.5% of a purchase price becomes a donation to CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County.

Websites building 
new awareness

CrimeStoppers and its many programs are explained - and the public is engaged - in various places on the internet.
Our main website explains the organization's purpose, and keeps count on major cases in which police need help from citizens -
A companion site helps students keep their schools safer -

Senior citizens who are afraid or otherwise need help can find information they can use at another site -
Spanish-speaking citizens can learn about CrimeStoppers on a fourth site -
Because the theft of copper and other metals has become a major problem in the metro area we launched CopperStoppers:

Now the public can view the list of current fugitives, including photos on our newest site -