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Lenawee Co Crime Stoppers to close without funds

LENAWEE COUNTY, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Alocal Crime Stoppers organization may be coming to an end.

Leadersin Lenawee County say if they don't raise enough money by this summer, they mayhave to get rid of the program.

"Onething is certain: Criminals are going to keep on committing crime, and we needto do everything we can to protect the citizens," said William Wise, chairmanof the Lenawee County Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppersis a major tool the local law enforcement agencies use to keep citizens safe.Now the program is at risk due to funding problems.

"Currentlyin our budget, we're down to about $900, and we have a $1,800 fee that's goingto be coming up in July," explained Dale Smith, vice president of Crime Stoppers.

Alot of that money covers rewards and a special computer program that allowstipsters to stay completely anonymous when they submit information about acrime or suspect.

"There'salways somebody in the community that knows or has seen something that'shappened," Wise said.

Officialssay the guaranteed protection that Crime Stoppers provides has more people comingforward with tips that get dangerous people off the street. That may not happenas often if the program ends.

"Itwill impact the ability to arrest criminals, get the information to therespective police officers that need the information to go out there andinvestigate crimes that are being committed," Smith said. "Unfortunately, wefeel that it will lead to a lot of unsolved crimes."

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