Alliance Inks for Crime Advice – Fort Carson Mountaineer

By Scott Prater

Mountaineer staff

FORT CARSON, Colorado – Fort Carson’s emergency services branch has entered into a new partnership with a local crime reporting agency.

In an effort to deter criminals and solve crime, DES recently announced that it has partnered with Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers (PPACS) to provide services to the Mountain Post. The partnership will provide a way for Soldiers and their families to safely and anonymously report crimes that occur at Fort Carson. Crime Stoppers will forward this information to Fort Carson Police, while maintaining the anonymity of the reporter.

A local nonprofit organization made up mostly of volunteers, PPACS aims to help reduce the crime rate in the Pikes Peak area – El Paso and Teller counties, by helping law enforcement solve the crimes and bring fugitives to justice.

Callers who contact PPACS are guaranteed complete anonymity and, if their information results in an arrest and conviction, they will receive a cash reward. Individuals can submit information securely and anonymously through PPACS online at https://www.crimestop.net or by calling 719-634-STOP (7867).

“We are honored to provide this important service to military personnel and their families,” said Don Addy, CEO of PPACS. “The ability to provide anonymous counseling through an organization that is unrelated to law enforcement should help encourage more counseling and ensure a more secure home base for families of military.”

Since its inception in 1981, Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers’ denunciations have resulted in more than 3,700 felony arrests, leading to the recovery of more than $ 10 million in property, drugs and cash. It essentially provides an interface between law enforcement agencies and citizens who may have knowledge of crimes or the identity or whereabouts of wanted criminals or suspected criminals.

PPACS is a member of Crime Stoppers USA, the national network that helps solve crime and identify suspects wanted by local agencies by allowing individuals to provide anonymous advice regarding criminal activity. It operates independently of the police.

Addy said the organization aims to increase awareness of its services and effectiveness in the region, and that developing partnerships is essential for

this mission. As an example, PPACS and the Housing and Building Association (HBA) of Colorado Springs announced a partnership earlier this summer that attempts to reduce theft from local buildings and construction sites. Through the Crime Stoppers and Whistleblower Line program, the HBA is now offering several rewards of $ 1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of thieves and vandals on construction sites.

In that sense, Mountain Post law enforcement officials see a huge advantage for the alliance.

“We understand that sometimes people don’t feel comfortable reporting for their own safety or their relationship to the subject,” said Lt. Col. Ranjini Danaraj, director of emergency services and commander of the 759th Battalion. military police. “Crime Stoppers provides us with information while preserving the anonymity of the witness / complainant. I hope this means of reporting, and inciting a reward, will provide advice on incidents of domestic violence, drug use and other crimes on the facility. Often these crimes occur in isolated places, but the impact is devastating for our community and the military. “

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