Law enforcement agencies within Ellis County have banded together to form a countywide Ellis County Crime Stoppers program.
Sheriff Johnny Brown and the county’s police chiefs (with the exception of Waxahachie, which has its own program) have been working for several months to establish a countywide program that will provide benefits to all county residents.
“It will not matter if a tip is called in for a police department or the sheriff’s office, it will be routed to the appropriate agency,” a spokesmans said.
The board members, who volunteer their time, were selected from throughout the county in an effort to have representation from all areas. Board members, who may serve up to three years with no more than one third of the board being rotated off each year, include chairman Bob Erisman of Ennis, vice chairman Charlie Hatfield of Ferris, secretary Carol Wright of Ferris, treasurer Gage Rolland of Midlothian, Mike Pearman of Waxahachie, Dale Crownover of Italy and Ron Langenheder of Ovilla.
Funding for rewards paid out for information may be obtained from donations, fees on traffic citations and fees assessed on persons receiving probation. Amounts of reward paid out for crime tips will be decided by the board. It is a venue in which all county residents can participate.
The board believes the Crime Stoppers program can be utilized as an opportunity to make Ellis County safer for all residents, while also providing a foundation for economic development boards, industrial development boards and chambers of commerce to use a recruiting tool to attract manufacturing and retail business to the county.
A phone number for crime tips will be made available soon.