New ad campaign shows how
partnerships help 'stop crime cold'

Residents of Memphis and Shelby County have begun seeing the early results  of an advertising message that will be showing up throughout the community in the  new year. The ads emphasize the cooperation in fighting crime that exists between
the organization and citizens.

The campaign is entitled "Stop Crime Cold" and suggests the partnership includes those who report information about crime via anonymous tips to CrimeStoppers, and donors to the nonprofit who help it continue bringing criminals to justice.

"We rely on the community to keep our efforts going strong," said Executive Director E. Winslow (Buddy) Chapman.

"As a conduit of information from citizens who contact us with valuable tips we obviously are a great help to law enforcement. But we can't forget those individuals and companies who do their part by donating to us," he added.

"Those donations make it possible to pay the thousands of dollars in awards each month to tipsters."

The advertising campaign will run on outdoor billboards, including digital boards, on MATA buses, in bus shelters, and on social media.
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Fighting crime -
by the numbers

The month of November, 2018 saw 22 successful tips to CrimeStoppers. The tips led to 23 felony arrests and closed 22 active cases on the MPD books. Cash awards totaling $9,000 were approved by the organization's Awards Committee.

The solved cases included two attempted murders.

found packing
a 25-cal. pistol

Since the inception 13 years ago of CrimeStoppers' Trust Pays program, hundreds of weapons have been confiscated in Memphis area schools, including
nearly 200 guns. But this case stood out.

A Raleigh Egypt High School student decided to hide from his parents' prying eyes a 25-caliber pistol he had acquired on the street, so he put it in his sister's
backpack. The third-grade girl then went to school at Raleigh Egypt Grade School and promptly began to show off the gun to friends.

One friend decided authorities should know, told a trusted adult at the school, and that led to the school finding and confiscating the gun.

The Trust Pays program in schools has without doubt made schools safer over the years, and likely saved a life or two.


Websites continue 
to build 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 -