Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County was awarded in three media categories at the Crime Stoppers International Conference held October 1st-5th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards were given to the best examples of innovative and exemplary work in partnering law enforcement and the media in promoting unsolved crimes. Out of more than 1200 Crime Stoppers programs in 25 countries worldwide, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County was awarded best of in the following categories:
- Print Media Special Report/Feature
- Print Media Public Service Announcement
- Television Media Special Report/Feature
The Print Media Special Report/Feature award was in recognition of a series of stories written by reporter Stacey Mulick of The News Tribune newspaper in Tacoma, WA. The purpose of the story series was to bring attention to a special project Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is working on with cold case detectives to feature over 350 unsolved homicides on the program’s website over a two year period. On the days the story series was printed in the newspaper, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County received over 9,000 hits on our cold case website. Two of the homicide cases featured in the article has been solved since the story was written.
The Print Media Public Service Announcement award was in recognition of a collection of pamphlets, posters, and stickers produced in cooperation with students in the Seattle University Executive Leadership MBA program in Seattle, WA. The purpose of the pamphlet and accompanying billboards was to educate the public on ways to report abuse, neglect and exploitation targeting senior citizens without fear of retaliation. Over 10,000 brochures were produced and distributed to law enforcement, financial institutions, senior centers and care facilities. The billboards were donated and continue to be posted in high profile locations throughout the Puget Sound region.
The Television Media Special Report/Feature award was in recognition of a video was produced by Comcast Community TV, edited by TV Tacoma, and hosted by David Rose of Q13 and Washington’s Most Wanted in Seattle, WA. The video features volunteers with the Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers program and is used to educate the public, media, and law enforcement on who Crime Stoppers is and what we do in our community. The video is featured on Crime Stoppers website, is utilized in numerous presentations, and has been distributed to all law enforcement agencies and media outlets in our jurisdiction. It has been a valuable tool in marketing our program and getting viewers excited and engaged in the mission of Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County would like to thank all of our media partners and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians for their continued support of the Crime Stoppers mission to assist law enforcement in solving crimes and promoting public safety. To learn more about the mission of Crime Stoppers and to get information on unsolved crimes in our community, please see the Crime Stoppers website at www.tpcrimestoppers.comCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times