That comment came as he and county commissioners gathered at the Bee County Courthouse to proclaim January as Crime Stoppers Month in Bee County.
The proclamation pointed out the fact that Crime Stoppers organizations take advantage of coordinators and board members to offer rewards to people who provide law enforcement experts with tips that can lead to arrests and grand jury indictments.
Armando Musquez, one of the local Crime Stoppers board members, told commissioners that the organization had received tips in recent weeks that are helping to solve at least two recent incidents.
In the proclamation, Silva said the impact of the work Crimes Stoppers accomplishes here is felt throughout the community.
“Crime Stoppers is working to successfully establish the Crime Stoppers Safe School Program in every high school and junior high in the county to see that our young people are actively protecting their school and communities from crime,” Silva’s proclamation said.
A similar proclamation signed earlier by Texas Gov. Rick Perry called crime a scourge on our society.
“It tears apart the lives of those directly and indirectly affected, breeding feelings of fear, anger and helplessness,” Perry said.
“Since they began in 1976, Crime Stoppers programs have empowered citizens across our state to take a stand against crime,” the governor proclaimed. “These programs bring together businesses, citizens, law enforcement and the media to combat crime and make communities safer.”
Crime Stoppers organizations have been credited with helping to solve more than a million cases across the nation.
Local citizens who have information that could lead to an arrest and grand jury indictment of a suspect in any local crime may contact Crime Stoppers by calling (361) 362-0206 or by e-mailing the organization at bccs.crimestoppersweb.com.
The organization may also be reached by text at TIP555-message/tip - send to CRIMES.
People who provide tips to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and the organization arranges the payment of rewards without ever identifying the witness.