Crimestoppers began in 1984 with a partnership between the police
department and a group of volunteers. The program has had immense
success in the City of McAllen with thousands of dollars in numerous
arrests resulting in thousands of dollars in rewards to anonymous
arrests have led to the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen
property as well as the seizure of thousands of pounds of narcotics.
The Crime Stoppers
program stands on the foundation of anonymity. Callers are never
asked for their personal information and great lengths are covered
to ensure their identity is not revealed.
McAllen Crimestoppers Board is comprised of 16 McAllen dedicated
volunteers who either resided to work in the city. Currently the
board meets on the first Tuesday of every month (12 noon) at the
McAllen Police Department.
(1) THE COMMUNITY
Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit
corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount
and method of reward payments, work closely with the police and
the media and generally oversee the program. The directors are also
responsible for fund raising, and all volunteer service. Tax money
is not sought.
(2) THE MEDIA
Crime Stoppers methods, objectives, successes and phone numbers
are publicized on a regular basis by the media. An unsolved "Crime
of the Week" is given special treatment with details published
in newspapers, on radio and in certain cases a re-enactment on television
(3) THE POLICE
A special Crime Stoppers phone (956) 687-TIPS to the community.
Callers are assigned a special Code number and NEVER give their
names. If, after the investigation, the information leads to an
arrest, the caller is entitled to a reward.