|TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation to help expand Crime Stopper programs with additional state funding. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit group that encourages the public to contact police with anonymous tips about possible crimes without fear of retribution. Programs are funded through private donations and fundraising.
“Crime Stopper programs are very successful in preventing crimes statewide,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “My hope is to help expand the program into our schools to elicit tips from students and the public before an incident occurs. A $1 surcharge for petty offenses to help fund these additional programs is more than a bargain especially when it involves the safety of our students.”
Bucco’s bill (A3944) imposes a $1 surcharge on people convicted of traffic violations and disorderly person offenses. The money will be deposited into a criminal investigatory tips fund in the Treasury department and disbursed by county prosecutors to eligible Crime Stopper organizations.
“These programs take ‘If you see something, say something’ even further,” said John Sette, Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers chairman. “We guarantee a caller’s anonymity while offering cash rewards for information leading to indictments or arrests. Encouraging reluctant callers to provide information is invaluable, particularly if it can prevent another school shooting.”
“We’ve had great success with Crime Stoppers in Morris County for the past 32 years,” said Morris County Sheriff James Gannon. “Engaging the public in our efforts is priceless, especially when it saves lives. Assemblyman Bucco’s legislation is a reasonable way to raise funds to help us expand the program to better protect students and staff.”
Crime Stoppers has resulted in 716,661 arrests; $106,449,902 in rewards paid; more than $2.8 billion in drugs seized, and nearly $1.2 billion in property recovered statewide as of May 30, 2018.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. Each year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) commemorates Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.
Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office is proud to commemorate this day. Please take the time to review the National Center for Missing Children (NCMEC) posters for these missing New Jersey Children.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office is advising the Morris County community to be aware of a continuing phone scam that is targeting residents of Morris County as well as communities nationwide.
Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “In the most recent calls, the caller and/or message will identify themselves as an employee of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Civil Processing Unit, and demand for a number not associated with our agency to be called immediately. In the event these fraudulent calls are received, residents should never give their personal or financial information over the phone. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office will never solicit methods of payment and/or personal identifiers over the phone.”
In 2017 and January of this year, similar scams surfaced posing as officers seeking personal information and Green Dot MoneyPak cards for false warrants, overdue IRS payments and non-appearance for jury duty. Residents should notify their local authorities should they receive these calls.
All agency information and contacts can be accessed and verified through this website.
Any suspicious calls regarding a civil service process can also be directed to 973-285-6600 during the day and 973-285-2900 after hours for verification of agency personnel.
Crime Prevention Tips to Help Avoid Falling Victim to this Scam:
- Legitimate law enforcement agencies will not tell people to provide money card information to avoid arrest.
- Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
- Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
- Never wire money, provide debt or credit card numbers or Green Dot Money Pak card numbers to someone you do not know.
- Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot Money Pak card, has access to the funds on the card.
- If you have received a phone scam call, try to gather names, the phone number and location given, and report it to your local police.
Report tips and remain anonymous by contacting the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-COP-CALL or www.copcall.org from your mobile device. NO ONE WILL ASK YOUR NAME!