The very first Crime Stoppers program began operation on September 8, 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. By mid 1977, Albuquerque could see a significant increase in its case clearance rate of violent crimes as well as a decrease in their rate of occurrence.
In June of 1979, Austin recognized the value of such a program. Joe Jerkins, then General Manager of KVUE-24 Television (Now KVUE Austin), approached Austin Police Chief Frank Dyson who not only supported the idea, but immediately assigned then Sgt. George Vanderhule to begin studying the program’s effectiveness in other communities. Mr. Jerkins than approached the Austin chamber of Commerce President Bill Archer and received the Chamber’s support and endorsement.
Soon after, a civilian Crime Stoppers Board of Directors was established and Austin Crime Stoppers, Inc was chartered as a non-profit tax exempt corporation. Official operations began on October 30, 1979. Now called Capital Area Crime Stoppers to better reflect the area we serve, the program offers cash rewards and anonymity to citizens who utilize the tips hotline to report information on criminal activity. If the tip leads to an arrest, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.