GARLAND (CBSDFW.COM) – There are a number of “taste of” events that happen across North Texas but few can help solve a murder.
The 23rd Annual Taste of Garland takes place Saturday and the money generated goes to fund the city’s Crime Stoppers program. In fact, the function is the only public money making event for Garland Crime Stoppers.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
“It’s not only the ticket price that helps us, but also there’s an auction, a silent and live auction,” explained Garland police Officer Joe Harn.
Harn went on to detail the integral role citizens have in assisting city safety.
“We constantly get tips through the Crime Stoppers program,” he said. “We’ve had several [tips] that have cleared up some burglary cases, on home break-ins.”
Information provided by the public has also helped close much bigger cases in the city.
“We actually had a double-murder in downtown Garland and because of a Crime Stoppers tip we were able to solve that crime,” Harn said. “Garland’s Crime Stoppers actually paid out $5,000 on that tip that year.”
Anyone with information about a crime can contact the Garland Crime Stoppers hotline at (972) 272-8477 or text the word “GARLAND” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).
More than 20 restaurants have signed up for the Taste of Garland event and the $20 ticket price includes all the food you can eat.
The 23rd Annual Taste of Garland takes place on April 28 from 7-10 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center at 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
Click here or call (972) 485-4868 for more information on the event.