Tipsters make community safer with Northwest ISD Campus Crime Stoppers

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Mike Conklin founded the Northwest ISD Campus Crime Stoppers Program as a way to enhance safety and security and district campuses. But the four-year-old program’s influence isn’t limited to situations on school grounds.

Conklin, the district’s safety and security coordinator, said Roanoke police recently solved an arson case in which a building the community was burned. The police suspected an electrical fire. But tips submitted to Northwest’s Crime Stoppers led officers to suspects that allegedly started the blaze.

“We got tips through the system,” Conklin said. “They suspected electrical issues were the cause before the tips came in.”

Tipsters can submit information on the Northwest Crime Stoppers web site or they can submit a text. All of the information remains anonymous and confidential. The system is working. Since the Northwest ISD Campus Crime Stoppers program began in October 2009, the program has received 483 anonymous tips. And 120 of those have been approved.

A total of $5,843 worth of property and drugs has been seized. And $3,875 in reward money has been approved. About $3,000 has been paid out, meaning the eligible recipients of the other $800 in reward funds declined the rewards, Conklin said.

“It gives the community another option to express concerns and issues on campus and assist with concerning situations they may have,” Conklin said.

The Crime Stoppers program operates without any taxpayer funding. Instead, it relies on state grants, donations and fund-raisers. One of those donors is the Trophy Club Police Officers Association, which recently presented the program with a $250 check.

Conklin said the program recently participated in its first campus event, the family fun night at Medlin Middle School. And he’s considering signing up for a booth at Trophy Club’s Fourth of July event.

“We want to let people know we’re here,” Conklin said. “We’re looking for community support. We’re here to make our schools safer.”

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