HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Crime Stoppers is a reward-based, tip-generated crime solver that any member of the mid-state can contribute to.
In every investigation, seconds count. The right tip at the right time may mean the difference between life and death.
The Crime Stoppers division is used in a wide range of cases, and units are located throughout Middle Tennessee.
Hendersonville police Lt. Scott Ryan heads up one of those units and told News 2 it is indispensable to his department.
Without it, he said, the department would be in a low 40 percentile solve rate.
“Currently, we’re over 50 in solve rate,” he told News 2.
The operation functions in secrecy, assuring tipsters are protected and the information keeps flowing in.
The unit begins its work when a tip comes into the department. The case is identified and the details are handed over to an officer working on the investigation.
The caller is guaranteed complete anonymity.
Lt. Ryan said it’s that security of knowing they can give information and not be retaliated against that can help get tips flowing.
The solve rate speaks for itself. Yet for all the success, in some cases, the phone still isn’t ringing.
Hendersonville police have even paid for a billboard in the hopes that it will help solve a 24-year-old hit-and-run cold case. The victim, Brandon Green, would be a grown man now.
“You wake up thinking about it every day,” Brandon’s father, Danny Green, told News 2. “That’s what hurts, is thinking about how old he would be right now.”
A father’s pain is proof of why Crime Stoppers can’t stop.
The calls may not come in immediately, but when they do, officers make sure the tips get to the right people.
Hendersonville Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000 for clues that lead to an arrest with a call to 615-573-5400. You can also submit an anonymous web tip here.
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