Honoring those who serve and protect - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Honoring those who serve and protect

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

After being dormant for several years, the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers program has made a huge comeback. Four years ago, the program was resurrected, and since then, hundreds of arrests have been made through tips left by people calling in with information and reaping a reward.

Tuesday, the organization honored those on the front lines of crime fighting. The program began with a color guard and more than 300 officers honoring America.  A reenactment of raising the flag at Iwo Jima added a poignant touch.  Then, it was time to talk and swap law enforcement tales. 

Crime Stoppers is a true success story. 

"I think it's been very effective," Pass Christian Police Chief John Dubuisson said. "We get tips from different people and they are paying out on a regular basis. People turn people in for money. Money makes people talk."

The examples are endless, according to Lt. Doug Adams with the Pascagoula Police Department.  

"Since we started back up, we've made several arrests in the past couple of weeks due to our tips. A couple in D'Iberville, the pawn shop burglary, and then the arson case at the apartment complex are two of the most recent ones that we've paid out on," Adams explained. 

While most of those in law enforcement say that Crime Stoppers has become a big crime fighting tool the past four years, even a crime deterrent some say, prosecutors who go after the criminals say it's also very effective. 

"We have received several tips over the years that have actually solved cases. One helped us solve a murder case," Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence said. "So we believe Crime Stoppers is an integral part of making our communities safer."

The program, and this breakfast are also a great way to network.

"We share ideas, we share experiences, it's just a great experience. We certainly appreciate the Coast Crime Commission for putting this on," Chief Wayne Payne with the D'Iberville Police Department said. 

"Most of them know each other, but it is an awesome opportunity to come together, speak, and pass on information and things that are going on in our communities," Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt said.

At the end of the program, several officers, along with state and federal agents from the six coastal counties were honored for their crime fighting efforts over the past year. 

Sgt. Thomas Betha was named the Coast-wide Officer of the Year for his work on a Hancock County kidnapping and assault case.

The Officer of the Year winners for each group include:

George County - Deputy Larry Harvard (Lucedale Police Dept.)

Greene County - Deputy James Bradford Warrick (Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)

Hancock County - Detective Don Gray (Bay St. Louis Police Dept.)

Harrison County - Lt. Bruce Carver (Harrison County Sheriff's Office)

Jackson County - Sgt. Richard Davis (Pascagoula Police Dept.)

Federal agencies - Deputy US Marshal Marcus Bass (U.S. Marshals Service)

State agencies - Agent Ian Estorsee (MS Bureau of Narcotics)

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:05 AM EST2018-02-23 08:05:09 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 7:06 AM EST2018-02-23 12:06:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>
  • Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:24 PM EST2018-02-23 01:24:33 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:47 PM EST2018-02-23 04:47:48 GMT
    (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...(Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...

    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.

    More >>

    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.

    More >>
  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-02-22 06:14:16 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:28 PM EST2018-02-23 04:28:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

    More >>

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly