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'Crime Stoppers' program kicks off

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WAXAHACHIE- Law Enforcement agencies within Ellis County recently banded together to form a county wide “Ellis County Crime Stoppers” program. 

Sheriff Johnny Brown and area police chiefs, with the exception of Waxahachie because they have their own program, have been working for several months to establish a county wide program to provide benefits to all county citizens.  It will not matter if a tip is called in for a police department or the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, it will be routed to the appropriate agency.

The board members, who volunteer their time, were selected from throughout the county in an effort to have representation from all areas.  Board members, who may serve up to three years with no more than one third of the board being rotated off each year, include Chairman Bob Erisman from Ennis, Vice Chairman Charles Hatfield from Ferris, Secretary Carol Wright from Ferris, Treasurer Gage Rolland from Midlothian, Mike Pearman from Waxahachie, Dale Crownover from Italy and Ron Langenheder from Ovilla.

Funding for rewards paid out for information may be obtained from donations, fees on traffic citations and fees assessed on persons receiving probation.  Amounts of reward paid out for crime tips will be decided by the board.  It is a venue all county residents can participate in.

The board believes the “Crime Stoppers” program can be utilized as an opportunity to make Ellis County safer for all citizens.  It also provides a foundation for Economic Development Boards, Industrial Development Boards and Chambers of Commerce to use as a recruiting tool to attract manufacturing and retail business to the county.

A phone number for crime tips will be announced shortly.

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