(Senatobia, MS) Tate County’s law enforcement teams are taking action after three years passed with only one Crime Stoppers tip.
Tate has been a part of the North Central Crime Stoppers group with Marshall and Panola Counties for three years, but weren’t getting any tips because when people called the hotline, they were turned away.
In that three-year partnership, some law enforcement officers in Tate County feel some valuable information and tips that could have solved crimes may have been lost, so they’ve set out to start their own hotline.
“What we found was there were people who lived in the county who called this number trying to give a tip who were told there was no Crime Stoppers,” said Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance.
He says the call center was getting confused because Tate County was not in the name.
This switch comes at no cost to taxpayers in Tate County because they will just take the money they had been putting in the pot for the three-county hotline.
The call center is based in Texas and their phone line fees are covered by a grant.
Senatobia Police Chief Steve Holts says people in Tate County are always willing to help turn in tips to solve crimes, so making it easy for them to do is key.
“We can have our own team here and our own citizens here with a local number they can call. They will feel comfortable calling and leaving the information there, and that’s the most positive thing we can get out of this,” said Holts.
Tate County’s Crime Stoppers line is up and running. Ifif you have a tip, you can give them a call at 662-301-1111.