For almost 10 years, the Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers has lent a hand to law enforcement to help solve crimes.
The organization puts up cash rewards for information that can lead to the arrest or indictment of a suspect.
The information sought is either to help identify a suspect, locate one already identified or gather leads in a cold case.
The severity of the crime determines the amount of cash rewarded. In some cases that amount is increased due to partnership with community members seeking justice.
The local organization has been so successful in its decade of service, that it was asked to help implement a reporting application on school campuses throughout the county.
Through P3 Campus — the same app program Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers uses for it anonymous reporting service — students can leave tips or information about crimes involving other students. The tipsters can report on truancy, bullying and more.
They can safely and quiet report on someone they feel is struggling with everyday life or having mental health issue.
The scenarios are endless.
For reporting such information, if it leads to an arrest, detention or referral on campus, like the parent program, the tipster can earn a reward.
In an era where more incidents regarding students are reported more frequently, it is never too late to step up and offer an ear, or a piece of technology, that can open the pathway to help.
That one text, photo, call, video can mean the difference in one life, or hundreds.
The program follows the line of “See something, say something.”