AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Department of Public Safety announced that 2012 set new apprehension and rewards records for the Texas 10 Most Wanted program.
The year set records for total apprehensions, gang member apprehensions, sex offender apprehensions and total rewards paid by the Texas Crime Stoppers Program.
So far this year, DPS and other agencies have arrested 30 offenders on the list, including 20 gang members, and have paid out $93,000 in rewards for tips leading to an arrest.
“This program is a proactive and aggressive effort between state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies to protect our communities by working together and with the public to get dangerous criminals and sex offender fugitives off the streets and back behind bars,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw in a statement. “The Texas 10 Most Wanted Program has become a great success during the past three years thanks to the dedication of our law enforcement partners and the vigilance of the people in our communities.”
The program was revamped in 2010, a year in which there were more arrests and awards paid than in the previous three years combined.
An archive of the captured fugitives can be viewed online at www.txdps.state.tx.us.
A list of the current Top 10 is available as well (here).
Anyone with information can provide anonymous tips in four different ways:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Text the letters DPS—followed by your tip—to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
- Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
- Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
All calls, texts, e-mails and Facebook messages are anonymous.
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