South Florida

Broward Crime Stoppers Launches Anti-Terrorism Initiative

A proven track record for Broward County Crime Stoppers has a proven track record of helping law enforcement zero in on dangerous criminals in South Florida but now the organization is going a step further, targeting terrorist activity.

"Since the program launched in 1981, there have been more than 12,000 arrests made as a result of a direct tip to Crime Stoppers," Broward executive director Ralph Page said.

Page said they started working on the new anti-terrorism initiative after the terrorist attack in San Bernadino.

"When a person said 'gee, I knew something, I saw something, or I thought I saw something, but I didn't make that phone call.' We want to make that phone call easy," he said. "We are offering a $25,000 reward for any tip that leads to an arrest, that leads to federal charges that involves terrorism.

Crime Stoppers is using social media, billboards, and box trucks to spread the word on their new initiative.

And here's how it works: you call in, Crime Stoppers takes the anonymous tip, then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency who will investigate.

"A month later you call back and say 'did anything happen?' We tell you 'yes, there's been an arrest,' give you a code number, you take that code number to a bank, you give them that code number and they pay you cash," Page said.

The number to reach Broward Crime Stoppers is 954-493-TIPS.

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