A. On May 8, 2014, the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise was pleased to hear from Captain Chris Cowan with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department who spoke about his work with Crime Stoppers of the Midlands and the South Carolina Crime Stoppers Council. Eleven Crime Stoppers programs across South Carolina unify under the SC Crime Stoppers Council. Crimestoppers is a private, non-profit organization started in 1982, which is completely supported by volunteers and donations.
B. The primary function of crimestoppers is to provide an outlet through which anonymous callers can provide information about unsolved crimes. Callers who telephone the 24-hour hotline (1-888-CRIME-SC) are immediately given a code number. If their tip results in an arrest, the caller is eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 through the use of the code number, to guarantee tips remain anonymous. Completely anonymous tips can also be submitted by text message to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC”. Every tip that comes into crimestoppers is passed along to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation, and tips though these programs aide hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement efforts every year. In 2013, the call center averaged 700 calls per month, received a total of 18,827 tips, and contributed to solving 960 crimes in South Carolina.
C. Captain Cowan stressed to the Chapin Rotary Club that community education about preventing crime is a high priority for the organization because many crimes can be prevented by changing our habits to deny criminals opportunity. His number one recommendation to deny criminals opportunity, is for people not to leave anything of value in their vehicles.
D. Chief Crump is the President Elect Nominee for the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise and Captain Chris Cowan is the President Elect of the Blythewood Rotary Club.
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Lisa Lee Smith, President, Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise; Chapin Police Chief Troy Crump & Richland County Sheriff’s Department Captain Chris Cowan with Crime Stoppers of the Midlands