Crime Stoppers members discussed possible methods of community awareness about the organization and welcomed new members during its July meeting.
Crime Stoppers has worked in conjunction with area authorities and local newspapers to publicize posters in an effort to apprehend "wanted" criminals.
Although this method has proven effective, there have been occasions in which the criminal(s) are apprehended prior to placement of the posters. Because of this, Crime Stoppers members are considering utilizing a generic poster.
Over-the-air radio advertising has been another method used by the organization to capture wanted criminals. Since this method has also been proven to be beneficial, members are considering increasing this form of advertising.
According to Crime Stoppers Chairman John Strong, he will appear on the local radio station KRMO in the near future for additional community awareness.
The new recent Crime Stoppers members include Police Chief Ron Hutchison and Sergeant Mark Webb with the Marionville Police Department. Hutchison and Webb had retired after 21 years from the Springfield Police Department prior to their new positions in Marionville.
Cassville Chief of Police Dana Kammerhlohr has also joined the group and will be a real asset, Strong said.
In other business, Strong noted that Pierce City Mayor Carol Hirsch has given Crime Stoppers a "booth space" for Pierce City's upcoming Howdy Neighbor Days festivities.
During the festivities, which are on tap for Aug. 19 through Aug. 22, helium filled balloons will be given away to patrons.