CrimeStoppers Program Now in Place in Ft. Stockton

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

FORT STOCKTON- Crime stoppers in Fort Stockton recently got new volunteers and a new board. It works just like the one Midland in and Odessa where residents call giving tips about crimes and get rewards. Now they are reaching inside the school to hopefully solve more crimes.

A growth spurt in Fort Stockton's population has caused a rise in crime and now Fort Stockton CrimeStoppers are turning to students for help.

"If they could just relay, there is a way to help them by calling and putting a stop to it, I think it would make it a safer campus," CrimeStoppers Member Elsa Ramos, said.

The student tipster will remain anonymous and get a reward up to one thousand dollars.

Maribel Perkins, coordinator of the program, hopes they will find the ones responsible for graffiti around the schools.

"The students are given a 1-800 number to call and even a local number. Both of those numbers are answered at answering service that's in Canada. We also have our website where they can send us a secure tip," Campus CrimeStoppers Coordinator Officer Maribel Perkins, said.

The program just started this semester and slowly students are getting used to the idea of speaking out and helping solve crime.

"We all have to act mature, come on now we are in high school," Ft. Stockton High School Student Amy Ramos, said.

So far, Campus CrimeStoppers have received a couple of tips and has also given out a couple of rewards. They hope that with time staff and students will get used to idea and get more comfortable in calling their tips.