Crime Stoppers Trying to New Ways to Reach Community

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Springfield - When it comes to fighting crime being a police officer is tough business, and now, Crime Stoppers in Sangamon and Menard Counties are equipping police officers with business cards to help get potential witnesses to come forward with information.

"This is just something that's convenient that they can keep in their wallet or purse," said Springfield police chief Ken Winslow.

Sangamon County Crime Stoppers coordinator Mike Badger added,"there were approximately  161,000 business cards printed for police officers in Sangamon and Menard Counties and all of the jurisdictions covered in that area."

Badger also said that Crime Stoppers is a proven asset when it comes to busting criminals, and this could help lead to even more arrests.

"We probably get on average, I'd say 3 or 4 tips a day.  We make anywhere from somewhere around 100 arrests a year, 90, 100, 110 arrests a year that are directly related to tips.  But when an officer says if you think of something later, call crime stoppers as we get hundred's of these out into the public, and even thousands of these out into the public, I think we'll solve, I believe, in my mind, we'll solve dozens of cases over the next couple years," he added.

Crime Stoppers says the money to pay for the cards came from fundraisers held by the organization.

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