In 1976, CrimeStoppers was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Detective Greg MacAleese after he was assigned to work a robbery turned homicide at a local gas station. The clerk, a college school student named Michael Carmen, was robbed and shot to death with a shotgun. After weeks of investigation the leads were exhausted and the case grew cold. MacAleese felt someone had information that would solve the case. Detective MacAleese approached the local television station KOAT with the idea of broadcasting a reenactment of the crime. KOAT agreed, and the reenactment aired advertising a $1,000 reward on September 8, 1976.
The next day information was received that led to the arrest of the suspects, and CrimeStoppers was born. Detective MacAleese was honored as the “Officer of the Year” by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Durham City/County CrimeStoppers, Inc was founded in June 1983 as a partnership between the community, law enforcement, and the media. Since that time it too has proven to be a powerful tool in combating and solving crime.
From January 2014 to December 2017 Durham CrimeStoppers received over 8700 calls resulting in:
- 14 homicide case being solved
- 20 armed robberies cases solved
- 21 burglary cases solved
- 82 narcotics cases developed
It has also resulted in:
- the arrest of 216 fugitives
- 74 illegal guns that were removed from the street
- $256,292 in recovered stolen property
- $115,502 in recovered narcotics.
In 2014 Durham City/County CrimeStoppers was awarded with the productivity award by the North Carolina CrimeStoppers Association. In 2015 and 2018 Durham City/County CrimeStoppers was awarded the productivity award by the Southeastern CrimeStoppers Association for cities with similar populations. These awards are granted to programs that lead the state in solved cases, arrests, and recovered property.
Some citizens are reluctant to come forward and give information to the police for a number of reasons. Durham CrimeStoppers gives citizens and avenue and opportunity to provide information and collect rewards in felony cases, without ever having to give their name.