History of Crime Stoppers in Portage County
The Portage County Crime Stoppers organization was started in 1996. The board consists of 14 civilian members who administer all payouts and the operation of the organization. There are also three non-voting law enforcement members who are the liaison officers between the civilian board and their respective law enforcement organization. The law enforcement representatives are from the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Stevens Point Police Department and the Plover Police Department.
Portage County Crime Stoppers has been very successful in getting the idea of citizens envelopment out to the Portage County residents. Since it's inception, Portage County Crime Stoppers has paid out over $12,000 in rewards. They have helped to recover over $185,000.00 in property and have seen 175 people arrested from tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line.
The Quick 50 program is also administered by the Portage County Crime Stoppers board. This program pays Fifty dollars in cash for any information pertaining to a student who brings alcohol, drugs or weapons into a Portage County Junior-High School. There are over Five Thousand students, from sixth grade up, on this program. Both Ben Franklin and P.J. Jacobs Junior High Schools along with Stevens Point Senior High School are active participants in the Quick 50 program. In the outlying areas of Portage County, the Amherst, Almond and Rosholt School systems also are active in the Quick 50 program.