EL PASO — Texas Governor Rick Perry has declared January as Crime Stoppers Month in Texas.
The program has been around since 1978 in El Paso, but actually originated in Albuquerque, New Mexico two years before.
Crime Stoppers allows people to call in an anonymous tip and receive a reward if their tip leads to an arrest.
The non-profit organization is funded by donations from the community, volunteer fundraising and probation fees.
According to Javier Sambrano with the El Paso Police Department, it is a collaborative effort between local, state and national law enforcement agencies.
"It's been a very successful avenue to solve many cases that otherwise, basically leads had run out. And that's really how Crime Stoppers began," said Sambrano.
Below are some statistics on the program since it started in El Paso:
- 3,986 subjects arrested
- 4,809 cases solved
- $47,978,300 worth of narcotics seized
- $4,204,356 worth of property seized
- $927,050 awarded to tipsters