The Taos County Crime Stoppers board is comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives. Our program offers anonymous methods for the public to report information regarding unsolved crimes and fugitives. It is the public, police and private sector working together for a safer Taos County.
Structure and Funding of Crime Stoppers
Taos County Crime Stoppers (TCCS) is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (charity). A community board of directors provides oversight as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. TCCS is funded by private donations. NO TAX DOLLARS are involved. The reward money paid out by the program is from the tax deductible donations provided by concerned citizens and businesses.
TCCS board of directors meets on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and to decide on the size of rewards to be paid, up to $1,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to anonymous tipsters. Many callers choose not to collect their reward.
Law Enforcement Coordinator
Det. Barry Holfelder
Taos Police Department
Board of Directors
Exec Board Member (at Large)
Do Crime Stoppers Programs Work?
Since the start of Crime Stoppers, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drug and firearm offenses.
The success of a Crime Stoppers program cannot be judged only by statistics. Other benefits include....
A greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem.
A willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation.
Improved relationships between police, media, and the community.
Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by police and courts as a valid investigative tool. The public, through its overwhelming response, has accepted it as a safe and anonymous way to provide information.