Austin, Texas (KWKT) — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas 10 Most Wanted Program set new records in 2013 in total captures, including sex offender apprehensions. DPS and other agencies arrested 32 fugitives sought through the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program in 2013 – 19 of which were sex offenders – and $77,500 in rewards was paid for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests. Two arrested fugitives and one sex offender were extradited from Mexico.
“The Texas 10 Most Wanted Program has proven highly effective in getting offenders off the streets and back behind bars – thanks to the aggressive and proactive efforts between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Tips from the public are just as essential to the success of this program, and we are grateful for the public’s efforts to protect our communities from these dangerous criminals and sexual predators.”
The program’s 32 total apprehensions during the past year broke the record of 30 arrests in 2012. The 19 captured sex offenders exceeded the previous record of eight also set in 2012. In addition, the $77,500 paid in rewards is the second-highest total payout in a year.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has declared January as Crime Stoppers Month in Texas. Crime Stoppers programs enable citizens to anonymously report on crimes for cash rewards, helping put criminals behind bars and assisting in crime reduction efforts. See the entire proclamation at: http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/19235/.
“Texas Crime Stoppers has played an integral role in solving thousands of crimes and empowering citizens to take a stand against crime in their communities,” said Gov. Perry. “The vigilance of civilian volunteers combined with the commitment by law enforcement involved in Crime Stoppers programs have made – and will continue to make – Texas a safer place to live.”
Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
The program was revamped in 2010, and a Top 10 Sex Offender list was added. View the captured fugitive archive at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/captured.aspx.
There are four different ways to provide anonymous tips:
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.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.