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Campus Crime Stoppers

 

Over the past two decades, Goose Creek Independent School District has participated in the Texas Campus Crime Stoppers program. This program is fully supported by Baytown Crime Stoppers, Inc., which is the local hosting organization. Goose Creek ISD’s Campus Crime Stoppers program has been established in the high schools and junior high schools. The program allows students and/or school personnel to provide anonymous tips to the administration and local law enforcement about crimes or violations of school rules. The tipster will receive a monetary reward for information which leads to an arrest or disciplinary action. Cash rewards paid are up to $100 in high schools and up to $50 in junior high schools. If the crime is classified as a felony, the tipster could be eligible for up to a $5,000 cash reward! Since its inception, Campus Crime Stoppers has received 1,141 tips, and 372 of the tips have led to solved cases.

What is Campus Crime Stoppers? Campus Crime Stoppers is a unique program to get students involved in keeping their schools safe. It’s a joint effort among Goose Creek ISD, Baytown Crime Stoppers, local law enforcement, and the community to keep the threat of violence, illegal drugs, weapons, and other dangerous activities off school campuses. The Friends For Life branch of Campus Crime Stoppers allows students to report bullying, suicidal thoughts and other incidents (see inset).

How does the program work? It’s easy. If at any time a person has information on a crime or he or she knows someone who has a weapon or illegal drugs or is threatening someone else while at school, he or she can just call the Campus Crime Stoppers tips hotline number at 281-427-8477 (TIPS) or text tips to Baytown + message to “CRIMES (274637).” Enter the number 274637, then add the tip message, with the first word being “Baytown,” and then space and add the rest of the tip. You may also use the link below to submit anonymously online: here.

Do I have to give my name?

No! All tipsters are kept completely anonymous. Crime Stoppers will not ask for names and will give the tipster a code number. This number is for the tipster only and should not be given to anyone else. No one will know who sent the tip unless the tipster tells them. A protected or encrypted message from your email or text is sent to Crime Stoppers. The Crime Stoppers phone does not have caller I.D., so they cannot trace the call. If the tip leads to an arrest or recovery of weapons or illegal drugs, the tipster could be eligible for a reward, but the tipster must contact Crime Stoppers with the code number to inquire about it. Rewards are also given anonymously. Remember, Crime Stoppers does not have the information to contact you. By providing a tip, you can help keep classmates, friends, teachers and school safe and crime-free.

Through the utilization of Campus Crime Stoppers, Goose Creek ISD has established a foundation in security. Numerous cases have resulted in positive information vital to the success of an investigation. Some of the more concerning offenses have included arson, graffiti and prescription drug possession cases. There are many more good tips that have been received about narcotics, tobacco, knives, brass knuckles, bullying and breaking serious school rules.

The following three cases are just a few of the highlighted success stories that have been received through the years from individual Campus Crime Stoppers programs.

Case #1: A tip was received about a fire set in the boy’s restroom at a junior high school. The tipster gave the name of the student who intentionally started the fire. The fire was set in a plastic trash container filled with paper products which quickly burned and melted. Fire damage was contained to the plastic trash container and its contents while the smoke damage filled the hallway of the restroom area. As a result of the valid tip and Fire Marshal investigation, the student was charged with 3rd Felony Arson. The tipster received a $700.00 reward.









Case #2:  A tip was provided to help solve a criminal mischief/graffiti that had occurred at one of the high schools. The caller gave the student offender’s name and reported that the student had written with a blue glittery marker the name “Swift” in swirling letters on the walls in the boys’ restroom. The tipster also said that the suspect had the name “Swift” on his notebook. The tip information was completely valid. The juvenile was arrested and charged with Crime Mischief-Graffiti on School Property State Jail Felony after he was found to have drawn on bathroom walls with a marker. The tipster received a $600.00 reward.

Case #3: Information was received from a tipster about a student at a high school being in possession of a Xanax bar in her purse. The tipster stated that the student was acting high and had a Xanax bar in her purse. The information was investigated and was completely valid. As a result of the tip, a female student was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance on a Drug Free Zone Level State Jail Felony. The Xanax bar and a clear medicine bottle containing Codeine were seized and recovered. The tipster received an $800.00 reward.

Each Campus Crime Stoppers program is organized with sponsors, a student board, and a Police coordinator. Sponsors are staff members who are usually teachers. Students at any grade level can join to form a student board. Once they are part of the board, a monthly meeting is scheduled by the sponsors to discuss the cases brought forth by a Police coordinator. The student board will discuss information received on positive tips and designate rewards to be paid on these cases.

Each year, selected student board members may attend the Texas Campus Crime Stoppers conference to learn what it takes to operate a campus program, publicize their organization, raise funds, organize media projects and effectively develop a productive board meeting. Students who serve on Campus Crime Stoppers boards of directors learn leadership skills as they administer their programs with the advice of their sponsors, raise funds to help pay rewards for tips, publicize the program and obtain student involvement in making their campus a safer, more desirable place.

The main goal of Campus Crime Stoppers is the establishment of 100% safety in schools. It is a joint effort among school administration, students, staff, law enforcement and all of our surrounding communities to help students take active roles in keeping their schools and communities safe and free from the threat of violence, illegal drugs, weapons, suicidal behavior and other dangerous activities.

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