Wednesday, the Texas Crime Stoppers Council, which provides aid in preventing criminal activity and in apprehending hundreds of suspects, marked its 35th anniversary.
The Texas Crime Stoppers Council was created by the 67th Legislature on June 8, 1981, to advise the governor on Crime Stoppers programs in Texas. The Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office operates the TCS council.
The council consists of five members appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms, was charged by the 71st Texas Legislature in 1989, with certifying all TCS organizations who plan to receive and expend fees from people who have committed crimes, have been sentenced to community supervision and ensuring compliance with the state statutory requirements.
TCS now operates 150 certified organizations, which has grown from eight. The organizations serve the community, middle school and high school campuses statewide.
More than one billion worth of narcotics and $245 million have been seized through TCS.