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 citizen envelopment out to the Portage County residents. Since its inception, Portage County Crime Stoppers has paid out over $20,000 in rewards. As of the end of 2013, they have helped to recover over $185,000.00 in property and have seen nearly 300 people arrested from tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line.
Crime Stoppers Programs
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 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 Area Senior High School (SPASH) are active participants in the Quick 50 program. In the outlying areas of Portage County, the Tomorrow River, Almond, and Rosholt School districts also are active in the Quick 50 program.
Crime Stoppers ads run every other week on several local radio stations (taped by WYTE radio), local newspapers, and WAOW (Channel 9) television. Both the radio and television stations tape and broadcast for free as a public service. Crime Stoppers also places the ads on Facebook and the Sheriff's Office website.
Contact Us/For More Information
Crime Stoppers can be contacted by calling toll free at (888) 346-6600, or you can also text "Tip 1301" plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). You can also check out our Facebook page at Facebook.com/PortageCountyCrimeStoppers, or contact us through the mail at:
Portage County Crime Stoppers
1500 Strongs Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481