Crime Stoppers is pushing harder than ever to keep your kids safe during school. We spoke with the Program Coordinator, Officer Joseph Robison on how Crime Stoppers is revamping their campus program.
Officer Robison said kids can get paid even more than ever for stopping drug deals in the schools.
"If it's a valid tip, we'll pay that kid 50 bucks," said Officer Robison
Students will get $500 for getting a gun or a weapon out of schools. Robison understands $500 is really cheap compared to what it would cost if something terrible were to happen in a school.
The campus program allows students to use social media and other means of relaying information and crackdown on crime.
"We bought a new system to where you can text it to us," said Officer Robison.
He says you can even take a picture of the crime and text it to crime stoppers.
The program is driven by the student body which gives them an opportunity to take on a leadership role within the community.
MSU also offers a Crime Stoppers program and if those kids stay with the program throughout school, they have an opportunity to join the board in the adult program after graduation.
The Wichita Falls campus program started in 1994 and now covers 12 campuses in Archer, Clay and Wichita County.
Officer Robison said you don't need to worry about anyone finding out about calling in with a tip.
"That's the beauty about crime stoppers, everything is anonymous," said Officer Robison.
Officer Robison understands the importance of the program because he has two children of his own.
"And we have these in place because we want to prevent the bad things from happening," said Officer Robison.
Crime Stoppers has led to almost 6,000 arrests since the beginning of the program and they've paid almost one million dollars in rewards to those with a valid tip.
While Crime Stoppers is beefing up the campus program, they're also getting ready for the second annual Crime Stoppers 5K.
The Crime Stoppers Cops & Robbers 5K Pursuit will be October 18th at 9 a.m. outside the MPEC.
Runners can dress like a cop or a robber where they'll get plenty of free food from McDonalds, Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A.
Here is more information on the 5K:
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