January 26th, 2009


Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa met this morning at the Tangipahoa Parish Tourist Commission Board Room. Working in conjunction with the Parish President, Parish Council, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Local Officials, and Local Police Departments its goal is to decrease, deter, and assist in solving more crimes throughout Tangipahoa Parish. The Crime Stoppers Board of Directors asked local officials throughout Tangipahoa to support Crime Stoppers effort by appointing members to the board from each of their municipalities. Every new member will serve on the Crime Stoppers Board as a liaison between Crime Stoppers and their respective communities and aide the organization in helping to increase awareness of the program. Additional appointments have yet to be named.

The existing Board consists of: Philip Nicaud, PJN Properties – President; Lance Kern, VP/GM Lamar Outdoor Advertising –Treasurer; Stacie Barker, Lamar Outdoor Advertising – Secretary; Darryl Ferrara, Hancock Bank- Director; Lisa Casas, Ed Burns & Associates – Director; Bobby Drude, GMAC Real Estate – Director; David Bernard, SLU – Director; Guy Recotta, Hammond City Court – Advisory Board Member; Joe Lobue – Retired – Director; Mike Williams, President Hammond City Council – Advisory Board; EffieMazzeno, Retired – Advisory Board Member.

New Members are as follows: Judy Couvillion, Retired appointed by Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster – Director; Dennis Pevey, Chief Deputy Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office – Director; Terry Ryals, Amite Court Administrator appointed by Amite Mayor Reggie Goldsby – Director; Lt. Joseph F. Starns, Tickfaw Police Department appointed by Tickfaw Chief of Police Jimmy Sparacello – Director; Sammy Broyles, Retired Kentwood Chief of Police appointed by Kentwood Mayor Harold Smith – Director; Dawn Panepinto, Public Information Officer TPSO – Advisory Board Member; Lt. Glenn Hauck, Hammond Police Department appointed by Hammond Police Chief Roddy Devall – Non-Voting Director/Tip Administrator.

“There are three essential elements that make up a Crime Stoppers Program”, states Jodie Powell, Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa.

“Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the Community, the Media, and Law Enforcement. The community provides volunteer Directors to serve as a governing board over the activities of the organization. The Directors are also responsible for fundraising and all volunteer service. The program’s Informant Fund is supported by local Court Fees and its General Fund is supported by the public through donations from businesses, corporations, service organizations, and individuals.

Secondly, the Media plays a major role in Crime Stoppers success by publicizing the crimes, wanted criminals, arrests, and rewards posted by Crime Stoppers.

Finally, local law enforcement receives and processes the anonymous tips from Crime Stoppers, and solves the crimes. If the information provided by the anonymous informant leads to an arrest, the informant will be paid a cash reward for their information” says Powell.

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa adopted a Mission and Vision Statement at their meeting today that they feel is representative of the organizations goals. The Mission Statement is a blending of The Crime Stoppers International and Crime Stoppers USA Mission Statement. It was the Board’s decision to use the same Vision Statement as used by both Governing organizations. They are as follows:

To develop Crime Stoppers as an effective crime-solving organization throughout Tangipahoa Parish, the State of Louisiana, the United States of America, and the world, with the primary objective of the tri-partite organization (Community, Media and Law Enforcement) being “Working Together to Solve Crime”.
To create a safe, secure world, through justice, for our children and our children's children.

Ms. Powell will also be seeking volunteers to work in various capacities helping to bring awareness to the communities in our parish about Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer please contact Jodie Powell at 985-634-0590 or email .

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's main office is located in the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s office in Amite. Their office hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. If the public has any information to share with Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa related to a crime they may call our confidential tip line 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL).

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