In an effort to reduce crime and empower citizens in the City of Opelika, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers and the Opelika Police Department do hereby commit their respective agencies to join forces to fight crime. Area residents with information about wanted criminals or unsolved crimes are now eligible for cash rewards of up to $5,000.00.
Central Alabama CrimeStoppers offers its services free of charge to Law Enforcement Agencies. The Opelika Police Department has been given immediate access to CrimeStoppers’ tip distribution software. They also have an unlimited option to send wanted criminals, missing persons, and unsolved criminal cases to be placed on CrimeStoppers media platforms and/or to be shared with their media partners throughout the State. Opelika residents can now download Central Alabama CrimeStoppers media app P3 tips and start reporting information about crime with complete anonymity.
“Our agency is pleased to become involved with the Central Alabama Crime Stoppers organization.” states Opelika Police Captain Shane Healey. “They have been a crucial assistance to law enforcement for many years by providing information from citizens to solve crimes and bring those who victimize others to justice.”
In November of 2019, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Board of Directors decided to begin offering its services throughout the State of Alabama, to any Law Enforcement Agency that does not have an active Crime Stoppers program available in their community, upon request. Monetary funding and/or lack of administrative staff are the primary reasons most Crime Stopper programs fail. Crime Stoppers works. The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be purely judged on statistics; however, other benefits have come to notice:
· A greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem
· A willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation
· Improved relationships between police, media, and the community
Since November, the Union Springs, Dallas County, and Lee County Crime Stopper programs have been consolidated with Central Alabama CrimeStoppers. The Opelika Police Department is just one of many to partner with Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, joining law enforcement agencies spanning 17 counties throughout southern Alabama.
Opelika residents can now contact Central Alabama CrimeStoppers when they have any information to share regarding crime. Visit our Facebook page at Central Alabama CrimeStoppers (www.Facebook.com/215stop/) or our website to see up to date press releases. Residents can use our 24-hour tip line at 215-STOP (7867) or download our P3-tips app. Residents can also give information via the web at www.215STOP.com. CrimeStoppers also has a toll free 800 number, 1-833-AL1-STOP, which provides 1-STOP access to reporting crime.
Members of the Press are encouraged to share information about this partnership in order for the public to learn more about how the Opelika Police Department will work with CrimeStoppers to help fight and reduce crime.
If you would like more information, contact CrimeStoppers or the Opelika Police Department.