About Our Program
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is a non-profit 501©3 organization dedicated to assisting law enforcement in solving crimes and locating wanted fugitives. Crime Stoppers works with the media to publicize unsolved crimes, takes anonymous tips from the public on unsolved crimes, distributes the tips to law enforcement for investigation, and pays cash rewards to tipsters whose information leads to an arrest and charges filed.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County has no paid employees, and is made up of 20 citizen volunteer board members, a program coordinator and an executive director. Board members are responsible for fundraising for rewards, approving and paying rewards, and promoting the program to the community. You can contact our board at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 6824 19th St. W. #139 in University Place, WA 98466.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is a unique program that works in several different ways to support law enforcement, increase public safety, and prevent crime in our community. Please watch this short video to learn more about our board and the many projects we support:
This video was made by possible with generous donations of time and talents by Comcast Community Programming for filming, TV Tacoma for editing, David Rose for hosting, and the Staxx Brothers for music. Thank you for your support!
Building a Safer Community
In 2012, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County developed a new outreach program in cooperation with the Cox family following the tragic murder of their grandsons Charlie and Brayden. Our volunteers teamed up with the Cox family, the case detectives from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, and child advocacy groups to provide care items for children placed into emergency foster homes. The care items come in the form of backpacks filled with new bedding, toiletries, clothing, school supplies and toys. These backpacks are distributed by police officers to children who are being suddenly removed from homes due to unsafe, abusive, unsanitary living conditions. All of the items are donated by citizens and business in our community, including our friends at Walmart.
Rescue Vehicle Program
Since 2007, volunteers from Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County have volunteered to collect and deliver emergency rescue vehicles to communities throughout the United States and Mexico. Surplus ambulances, firetrucks, and police patrol cars are donated or sold to our program at greatly reduced prices from local public safety agencies. Local businesses and trade schools donate their time and services to refurnish these vehicles for delivery to small towns lacking emergency vehicles. Our volunteers load these vehicles with donated medical and educational supplies, then drive the vehicles to the towns of Ayutla, Autlan, and Barra de Navidad in Mexico, and to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. In 2011, our program has also collected and delivered over 125,000 pounds of disaster relief supplies to areas affected by the tornados in Alabama and the tsunamis in Japan.
Toys for Tots
Since 2007, volunteers from Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County have partnered with the Marine Corps League to coordinate the Toys for Tots program in Pierce County. Our program helps to organize and staff toy drives, collect and sort toys, and host events to distribute toys to needy children in our community. In 2011, we collected and distributed over 60,000 toys, books, games, and art supplies to underprivileged children in Pierce County.
Child Abduction Response Team
Since 2008, the police coordinators from Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers have participated in the Pierce County Child Abduction Response Team, a group of trained and experienced members of local law enforcement that respond to child abductions in Pierce County. Team members assist in activating AMBER Alerts, creating and distributing flyers on missing children, updating the media on the investigation, and providing investigative support to the primary agency handling the abduction.
Crimes Against Seniors
In 2010, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County partnered with Seattle University's Executive Leadership Program and the Washington State Attorney General's Office to increase awareness about crimes against senior citizens. Senior citizens are highly vulnerable to financial fraud and scams, identity theft, physical abuse and neglect, and these crimes often go unreported in fear of retaliation by the suspect or embarrassment by the victim. Our program created and distributed thousands of brochures to senior centers and senior care facilities, and partnered with Clear Channel on a billboard campaign to educate the public on reporting senior abuse and exploitation.
Music in the Schools Program
In 2012, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County began working with schools in Pierce County to provide musical instruments to underprivileged students. Our goal is to provide these students with access to school music programs to keep them involved in activities and off the streets of our community. Our program has donated a full drumline to students at Giaudrone Middle School in Tacoma, Key Peninsula Middle School in Lakebay, and Orting High School in Orting.