Cullman Sheriff Teams Up With Crime Stoppers
Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry will conduct a press conference at 11:00 am Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility
Sheriff Gentry will take the podium along with Jim Neill, the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama, to announce the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office’s agreement to participate in Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama program.
Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama (CSMA) is a partnership with law enforcement agencies, private citizens, and the news media. The partnership’s goal is to gather information that helps law enforcement solve crimes and locate criminals wanted on outstanding felony warrants:
CSMA solicits crime tips anonymously from the community and forwards those suggestions to the relevant investigating agency for follow up.
Tipsters remain 100% anonymous.
If a tip is successful, the tipster is eligible for a cash reward. The amount paid for a lucky tip can range from $300, up to $5,000.00, depending upon factors such as the severity of the crime and number of the offenses solved from the tip.
You can submit a tip here: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=646
Since its inception in 1981, CSMA has helped local law enforcement make over 2,400 arrests, clear over 5,800 cases and approved over $818,000 in rewards.
In the first six months of 2017, CMSA tips have assisted law enforcement in making 127 felony arrests and clearing 260 felony cases off the books.
CSMA partners with eight counties, including Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker and now Cullman.
Private citizen directs the CSMA program through a Board of Directors. Strict adherence to By-Laws and Board approved protocols are maintained to ensure the integrity of the program.
The Birmingham Police Department assigns the CSMA Executive Director and Law Enforcement Coordinators (sworn law enforcement officers). The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office administers the day-to-day operation of the program and reports monthly to the Board of Directors.
CSMA is a federally recognized non-profit, IRC 501 (c) (3) corporation providing tax-exemption for privately contributed funds. CSMA depends on contributions from private citizens, business and corporate citizens, and government agencies or entities for support.
CSMA is not a law enforcement agency but works in partnership with those organizations. It obtains information on unsolved crimes and wanted criminals. Published through media sources such as TV stations, radio stations, and billboards that information then made public. Crime Stoppers also distributes information about unsolved crimes and wanted persons through their website at www.crimestoppersmetroal.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and You Tube.
Tips can be called into CSMA at 205-254-7777, texted or sent via their website.
About Jim McNeil of CMSA
Jim Neill has been a crime stopper in the Birmingham Metro area for over 25 years.
He began a career in law enforcement at the University of Alabama Police Department in Tuscaloosa in 1988.
He later continued his service for the next 12 years at the Hoover Police Department where he reached the rank of sergeant. In 1998, he received his Juris doctor degree from the Birmingham School of Law. For the last 16 years, he worked as a prosecutor and division chief with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in Birmingham where he prosecuted many felony crimes.
After fighting crime for over 32 years, he became the executive director of Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama to continue to serve our community and help make it a better place to live, work and play. He likes to say:
“Anyone who helps make our community better, in my opinion, is a Crime Stopper. Will you be a Crime Stopper, too?”
Cullman County Sheriff’s Office