The Board of Directors of CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County elected four new officers in December.
The new Board chair is Chris Lareau, a lead prosecutor in the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office; fellow prosecutor Forest Edwards is vice-chair. The treasurer is Scottie Lackland and the secretary is Missy Rainer. Outgoing officers – Chair David Martello, Secretary Lia Roemer and Treasurer Jack Quinlan - were thanked at a holiday party in their honor.
The CrimeStoppers board is made up of 20 individuals and provides oversight as well as many voluntary hours to the nonprofit organization.
Gunfire led to the deaths of 315
Citizens of Memphis in 2023
The majority of people killed with guns this past year were ruled as murder victims, but other deaths by gunfire included suicides and accidents or negligence. Seventeen were ruled cases of self-defense.
The numbers are grim enough, but the devastating effects on individuals and families is impossible to enumerate.
Thanks to Memphis Police officials who kept careful records, CrimeStoppers has posted the names on our website, www.crimestopmem.org. Visit the home page, scroll to the clickable box marked “Memphis Deaths by firearms 2023.”
Friends of CrimeStoppers report crime
and support crime-fighting efforts
The story of CrimeStoppers’s success can be put into two words: report and support.
The thousands of citizens who report by calling, texting or emailing us with tips throughout the year help us help police authorities charge hundreds of criminals, make as many arrests and clear felony crime cases. The number of successful tips – containing information that led to warrants and arrests – hit a record high this year.
Many more citizens do not have information on specific crimes but still make a difference by supporting us through donations.
Both actions are vital to solving crimes, cracking down on criminals and start the process of reducing crime in our community. Please help our nonprofit this year. You can support us with a digital gift online – here – or send a check to CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County, 600 Jefferson Ave., Suite 451, Memphis, TN 38105. You will receive an acknowledgement.
Report and support.
Both keep us going.