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Commissioners Court honored the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers program as it celebrates 20 years of service to the community.
The organization was established in May 1997 by community residents who decided to unite and take a stand against the growing crime rate in the county, said Crime Stoppers President Alma Cortez.
“I want to thank the court on behalf of the citizens of Hidalgo County, we do accept this proclamation," said Cortez. "For 20 years, Crime Stoppers has helped reduce and prevent crime by working closely with the community and law enforcement."
Crime Stoppers are the eyes and ears of law enforcement in Hidalgo County and the program prides itself on providing a safe forum for citizens to report a crime in their neighborhoods without fear of retaliation, Cortez said.
Crime Stoppers is always looking for individuals to join the volunteer organization. Their next meeting will be held at La Quinta in Alamo on June 2 at 6 p.m.
“Crime Stoppers is a unique partnership between a law enforcement entity and non-profit organization, and is set up in such a way where witnesses or people who want to give information can do so anonymously,” said Sheriff's Division Chief Joel Rivera.
Rivera commended the Crime Stoppers board for being innovative and progressive.
“We use apps and have been very successful in our partnership," said Rivera. "We’ve solved homicides, kidnappings, everything, the gambit, and so it’s been a very fruitful partnership."
L to R: Crime Stoppers Vice President Rolando Herrera, Secretary Lisa Cantu and President Alma Cortez (at the podium).