WHO WE ARE
Develop innovative resources and partnerships to solve and deter crime, resulting in a safer community.
To prevent, solve, and deter crime in our community
This Crime Stoppers program began in 1983 through the efforts of local law enforcement agencies and dedicated community members. The program now operates as an independent organization. The concept has developed into a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Donations of air time, newspaper space, and reward monies have established Crime Stoppers of Mesa County as an effective tool to fight crime in our beautiful community.
Crime Stoppers of Mesa County has won numerous awards for its work, including: Program of the Year, Greatest Dollar Recovery, Best Crime Clearance and Recovery of Property/Narcotics, Most Cases Cleared, Outstanding Civic Group, and others. We are honored by these awards and work hard every day to continue to deserve them.
Crime Stoppers is run by a volunteer Board Directors. Interested community members interested in become a volunteer board member must fill out an application, submit to a background check, complete an interview with the Nominations Committee, and then be voted onto the board. Terms are three years, there is no limit on the number of terms a board member may serve.
2022 CRIME STOPPERS USA
BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR
This year, at the Crime Stoppers USA Conference, Board Member – Shari Zen was awarded as the 2022 Crime Stoppers USA Board Member of the Year. Shari joined the board in 1987 as the Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Coordinator. She served in that role for 16 years with excellence and superior support to the Board. At Shari’s retirement from the Grand junction Police Department in 2003, she elected to stay involved with Crime Stoppers of Mesa county and became a Board Member. She has served with commitment and dedication in that role to this day. While on the board, Shari has served in a variety of positions. She volunteered time and leadership in a term as the president of our county-wide program and has been a committed and dedicated member on the golf tournament, youth and publicity committees each year.
2022 CRIME STOPPERS USA
COMMUNITY INITIATIVE AWARD
This year, at the Crime Stoppers USA Conference, the Crime Stoppers of Mesa County was awarded with the 2022 Community Initiative Award for the Superior Alarm Golf Scramble.
Superior Alarm, owned by Bruce Hill, has been the title sponsor of our golf tournament for over a decade. Bruce was a Board Member of Crime Stoppers of Mesa County from 1988 – 1995. His commitment to the organization through his company’s sponsorship has been outstanding and unprecedented. This is the major fundraiser for our organization and is successful because of this company’s generous financial support. We use the funds generated through the golf tournament to pay the rewards given for anonymous tips as well as to provide 4 scholarships in our community. One yearly scholarship to a Criminal Justice major, one to an athlete majoring in Criminal Justice, and 1 each semester to a student graduating from the local law enforcement academy. The sponsorship and support we receive from Bruce Hill and Superior Alarm is key to the success of our county-wide Crime Stoppers organization.
NATIONAL CRIME STOPPERS MONTH
Each year, January is proclaimed as National Crime Stoppers Month. The Crime Stoppers program of Mesa County empowers the citizens of Mesa County to take a stand against crime. Through Crime Stoppers of Mesa County, the program brings together citizens, law enforcement, media, businesses, and educational institutions to combat crime and make communities safer.
Crime Stoppers of Mesa County was recognized for being an effective outlet for fighting crime in Mesa County since 1983, in which the program has recieved over 22,000 tips, which have lead to 1,850 arrest and the recovery of over 9 million dollars in drugs and property.
January was proclaimed National Crime Stoppers Month by the City of Fruita on January 3rd, 2023, and the City of Grand Junction on January 9th, 2023.