History

Laredo ISD Campus Crime Stoppers' Historical Narrative

L.I.S.D. Campus Crime Stoppers is a non-profit corporation, and through supported by the school district, is a separate entity. Our mission is to provide students with the opportunity to give information by phone, text message or website tip about any illegal activities at their campus, thus providing a drug free and safe learning environment. The district office is based at Martin High School and includes four middle schools, five high schools, and twenty-one elementary schools. This organization gives rewards for tips that prevent a crime or tips that lead to the arrest or expulsion of a student committing an offense against school district policy. The reward amount is decided by the student board of directors at each school where the offense occurred.

L.I.S.D. Campus Crime Stoppers was created in 1990 at one high school and expanded to all secondary schools by 1993. In the summer of 1998, the elementary schools were added. The program was expanded to the elementary schools to promote crime prevention.

A mascot and Crime Stopper board members pass out plastic buttons inscribed with our mascot and Hotline phone numbers, coloring book, and bumper stickers for students to take home. They explain what Crime Stoppers does, and present skits on the correct way to call in tips dealing with any crime they may see on campus or in their neighborhood. It has an impact on significant problems listed in the Webb County/City of Laredo Criminal Justice Community Plan, such as drug and drug related crime, juvenile crime, theft, gang related crime and violent crime. By getting the elementary children to make phone calls to a Hotline number. Student apathy, fear of involvement, and fear of retaliation are eliminated. The emphasis is on crime prevention not only in schools, but also in the city, with the children being made honorary deputies who help Crime Stoppers. By providing a tips Hotline, the program creates a network that enables authorities to provide a drug free, safer school. The number of schools included in this network enables many more eyes and ears within the community to watch for crime and report any youth related crimes to the schools and law enforcement authorities. The program works with both the Police Department and Sheriff's Department along with administrators to reduce the incidence of crime at all L.I.S.D. campuses, and perhaps induces the younger children not to join gangs or abuse drugs at an age when they are most vulnerable. As the statistics attest, the program is definitely working and as the number of rewards increases, so does the need for money to give rewards.

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