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Allred takes helm as Crime Stoppers chairman

Friday, January 25, 2013

Former Monett Police detective John Allred has been named as chairman of the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers during a special meeting of the executive board on Jan. 16. He replaces Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers founder and chairman John Strong.

Allred was with the Monett Police Department for over 28 years and retired in August 2011.

Allred will take over several responsibilities for the organization and will be seeking to add civilian representatives to be members of the board.

Allred said he would be speaking with local law enforcement officials to increase agency participation in the group, which provides a monthly format to share information on crimes committed in the bi-county area.

Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder volunteered to contact other police chiefs and sheriffs to see if they would recommend civilian members for the board.

Schweder said the Monett 911 Communications Center now have a standardized form for anonymous tips that is easily tracked and distributed to local law enforcement agencies.

Schweder said he would speak to city officials about the board's recommendation of adding a nominal fee to certain crimes adjudicated through the Monett Municipal Court, which would fund the reward account for the local Crime Stoppers chapter.

That move would ensure area criminals, who have been found guilty of committing certain offenses in the Monett city limits, would help fund the reward account upon payment of their fines, relieving some of the donation drives among industry leaders.

Jay Jastal, school resource officer and coordinator of tip coordinator for the local Crime Stoppers chapter, announced a 32-inch television has been placed in the lobby at the Monett Municipal Court and set to have photos of wanted criminals revolving on a loop. The move comes in an effort to encourage members of the public to recognize and identify local offenders.

Monthly meetings for the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers have been set for noon on the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Grant's Restaurant, located on Highway 60 in Monett.

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