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Crime Stoppers Returns to Westchester
Westchester County's Crime Stoppers Program is back.
The program is being revived thanks to support from the county's business community and members of the public.
Derickson K. Lawrence of Mount Vernon, an executive in the banking and financial services industry, is the Chairperson of the program, whose mission is to assist law enforcement in Westchester and adjoining communities to mitigate and solve crimes.
WCCS is funded by tax-deductible donations from businesses, clubs, associations and individuals. A major fund-raising campaign is currently under way.
"The critical success factors for this organization and its programs are predicated on the cooperative efforts of concerned citizens, the media and law enforcement agencies," said Lawrence, "As such, the goal is to fight crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit involvement: fear and empathy."
WCCS provides an anonymous toll-free tip line (800-898-8477) to encourage people to volunteer vital information that helps law enforcement solve crimes. Tips that lead to an arrest and conviction that are advertised by WCCS, will lead to an award.
Commissioner George N. Longworth of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety gave the program's return a big thumbs up, "Such rewards give law enforcement one more tool it can use to identify persons responsible for major crimes and bring them to justice."
WCCS has announced a reward of up to $1,000 is now being offered for two recent armed bank robberies that occurred in Westchester.
- A reward is being offered for the March 10 armed robbery of the Hudson City Bank Branch at 2040 Boston Post Road in Larchmont. The suspect is described as a tall male, with a large build, wearing black gloves, a black hat, black jacket and red shirt.
- Another reward is being offered for the arrest of a suspect who robbed the JP Morgan Chase Bank Branch at 12 Ashford Avenue in Dobbs Ferry March 11. That suspect is described as a black male, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He had been wearing a black or dark blue hooded sweatshirt at the time, a baseball cap underneath the hooded sweatshirt and black and white sneakers.
- The Westchester County Chief of Police Association and the New York Law Enforcement Foundation are founding sponsors of WCCS.
- WCCS plans to hold an Inaugural Breakfast from on March 24 to seek additional support from civic and business organizations. The Keynote speakers will be Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Legislature Chairman Ken Jenkins and Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth will also speak at the official kickoff.
- To find out more visit www.WestchesterCrimeStoppers.org.
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