Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa Press Release

Press Release: March 9, 2010

From: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc.

– Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Inc. is pleased to introduce its 2010 Board of Directors and 2010 Officers. The Board of Directors and Officers for 2010 are as follows; Judy Couvillion – Chairperson, Dale Brouillette – Vice Chair, Jamene Dahmer – Teasurer, Daryl Ferrara – Secretary, Dennis Pevey, Lance Kern, Glenn Hauk, Anita Cutrer, Jeff Miller, Joseph Starns, Tonia Delatte Gay, Robby Miller, Raymond Cutrer, Amy E. Newsham, Tracy D. Farris, and Jack V. Liuzza.

Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa had a great year in 2009 led by CEO/Executive Director Jodie W. Powell. Crime Stoppers hosted the 1st Annual Awards Luncheon and the 1st Annual Tangipahoa Night Out Against Crime in 2009. Both events will be continued in 2010. Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa was also a proud sponsor of the Choices program with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce for which they also formed a Crime Task Force Panel to speak to the Chambers’ General Membership. They have spoken to various businesses, chambers, personal, senior, and civic groups throughout the year. In addition Crime Stoppers has participated in many expo’s and health fairs to raise awareness of their organization and placed CST signs in community parks. Crime Stoppers is working hard to integrate into the Tangipahoa Parish community as a whole by forming working partnerships with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change(TRACC), the Underage Drinking Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service Operation FALCON, Louisiana State Police, Hammond Chamber of Commerce Community Development, Safe Communities America Steering Committee, Child Advocacy Services Sex Offense Task Force, The Prescription Drug Task Force, the Energy Security Council Energy Crime Stoppers, Leaders Impacting Tomorrow’s Tangipahoa, and all other local law Enforcement Agencies in Tangipahoa. Crime Stoppers is also building additional relationships that support our mission and vision and the three essential components that make Crime Stoppers successful: Community, Media, and Law Enforcement. In 2009 Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa received 604 tips, assisted in 253 arrests, cleared 234 cases, assisted in the recovery of over $73,000 in stolen property, and the seizure of over $33,000 in narcotics. In 2009 Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa paid out over $42,000 in cash rewards to anonymous callers.

“We are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish this past year. The Crime Stoppers 2010 Board of Directors and myself are very excited about 2010, the safety and crime awareness our organization will bring to our parish communities, and knowing that through our partnerships we will truly make Tangipahoa a safer place for all to live, work, and raise families.” states, Jodie W. Powell, CEO/Executive Director.

If you have information to share about a crime, please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa anonymous tip line 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL). You will never be asked for your name and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Press Release: March 18th, 2010

RE: TRACC – Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change

AMITE – Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change(TRACC) offered the first of several J.U.D.E. training seminars for its law enforcement partners that are participating in the groups Underage Drinking Task Force initiative. The Juvenile and Underage Drinking Enforcement (J.U.D.E) training was offered on March 9th at the 9-1-1 Call Center in Amite. Participating agencies were the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ponchatoula PD, and Amite PD. The Officers received youth statistical information on drinking, dependency, and alcohol related injuries and accidents in Tangipahoa Parish and nationally. The training also covered current laws related to underage drinking and the procedural aspects of handling juvenile alcohol and drug related situations. The officers were given tips on how to identify drinkers that may be underage and how to combat underage drinking through party patrols in high volume areas and task force coverage at special events. The training also addressed the sale of alcohol to minors, possession by minors, and consumption by minors.

Bridget Baily, Project Director and Alvin Steven, Criminal Justice Liaison, both of TRACC were pleased to sponsor this training through a grant received by their agency. TRACC will also be offering holding several more trainings for its task force partners, in addition to holding town hall meetings in Hammond on April 9th and in Amite on April 22nd to educate the community and parents about the project and about Underage Drinking, its dangers, and consequences. Through funding provided to TRACC, DWI Check Points will be increased throughout Tangipahoa Parish by the Underage Drinking Task Force law enforcement partners. The task force consists of TRACC, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, Hammond PD, Ponchatoula PD, and Amite PD to date.

In Partnership with TRACC, Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa will operate their new anonymous Juvenile hotline. The hotline number is 1-877-NOT-B-4-21(668-2421). TRACC would ask the public to please report any information that you may have about underage drinking to the anonymous tip line. You will never be asked for your name and if your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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