Posted by Susan Kowalski on Apr 29, 2019
Our guest speaker today was Matthew Conquest from Crime Stoppers of Michigan who spoke about Crime Stoppers and his work there as well as senior citizen scams.  Welcome Matthew!
 
We met today and enjoyed a great lunch at L A Bistro filled with fellowship with our fellow Rotarians.   We were all reminded to finish our backpack project for District Conference and bring the completed backpacks to our next meeting in the evening on May 6th.  So far we have three completed backpacks.  These backpacks will go to the United Way in Windsor to be distributed to the Windsor-Essex School District.  Thanks to everyone for their help in this project.  Everyone is reminded that next week is our monthly evening meeting at 6:00 p.m. at L A Bistro.  For our evening meeting on June 3rd, we will meet at Heritage Park at 5:30 p.m. by the Veterans' Memorial to dedicate a plaque to Mildred Brown.  After the dedication, we will adjourn to L A Bistro for dinner and fellowship.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting and honor Mildred Brown.
 
After lunch we heard from Matthew Conquest from Crime Stoppers of Michigan.  Crime Stoppers was started in New Mexico in 1976.  Since its inception Crime Stoppers has helped law enforcement agencies close approximately one million cases, while paying tipsters over one hundred million dollars.  Crime Stoppers of Michigan includes the counties of Wayne, Monroe, Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, and St. Clair. 
 
The flow of an anonymous tip:
  • Anonymous tip is called into an independent call center at Dallas, Texas, where the tipster is given a reference number for follow up.
  • Tip is submitted and viewed at Crime Stoppers through a P3 Tips program.
  • Tip is relayed by the Crime Stoppers law enforcement liaison to the proper law enforcement agency.
  • Law enforcement determines if the tip is usable - when a tip leads to an arrest (not conviction) - the tipster is entitled to a reward.
  • The tipster can call the Crime Stoppers Southfield office with their reference number to find out what the status of their tip is.  If their tip resulted in an arrest, the reward court should approve an award amount.
  • The tipster would be advised of Area Banks where they will be able to pick up their reward and remain anonymous as no identification is required, only the tip reference number and the reward amount is.
Rewards range from $100 to $2,500.  Homicides/Missing Persons and Hit & Run fatalities are eligible for up to $2,500.  All other crimes are eligible for up to $1,000.  The reward court (referred to above) is an independent group made up of business, banking, and law enforcement representatives who review each tip as well as the law enforcement agencies feedback to determine if a tip should be rewarded.  They meet once a month. 
 
Our speaker, Matthew Conquest, offered several interesting stories from his career as examples of what Crime Stoppers does.  Mr. Conquest has served as the Director of Law Enforcement for Crime Stoppers of Michigan for the last four years.  He is a retired Police Detective Sergeant and a graduate of Ferris State University.  In addition to speaking to community organizations, he educates law enforcers at the city, state, and federal level about the services Crime Stoppers uses to assist them.
 
We thank Matthew for his very interesting and informative talk.  Matthew loves his job and loves speaking to community groups.  His enthusiasm and dedication were contagious! 
 
We adjourned on time and we wish everyone a great week!