June 13, 2017

Chris Chapman called the meeting to order at 1pm.  Mike Robinson gave the invocation and Tom Koontz gave the Sergeant at Arms report of guests and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Resolution for Tab Williams Jr. by Richard Gottlieb, followed by a moment of silence.

Tom Connors introduced today’s speaker, Detective David McClure.  Det. McClure is a native of Jacksonville, NC.  He is married and has two daughters.  Det. McClure is the coordinator of Crime Stoppers for Winston-Salem PD and is with the Special Investigations Unit.  He has been with the Winston-Salem PD 27 years.

Crime Stoppers was designed to enable citizens to provide anonymous tips to the WSPD.  W-S/Forsyth County Crime Stoppers was started in 1981, the third in the state of North Carolina.

There are several ways that citizen can contact the police.  They can call 336-727-2800 and there is a Spanish line, 336-728-3904, or can text 274637 and text the key word “bite back,” followed by your tip or info.  Citizens are given an ID number.  Citizens are asked to call back with the ID number throughout the investigation.  If the tip leads to an arrest, the citizen is told to go to a bank in Winston Salem where they can write the ID number down on a piece of paper and give to the teller.  The teller gives the citizen a card to sign with their ID number.  No names are used in this transaction.  The teller will then give the citizen an envelope with the reward money inside.  There is no interaction with the police.  The citizen will use the same ID number for numerous tips called in.

In 2016, Crime Stoppers cleared 156 cases with 88 arrests.  Tips resulted in 230 felony charges and 179 misdemeanor charges.  $2,865,000 worth of drugs was seized, $171,562 worth of property was recovered, and $23,200 in rewards was paid.  A committee made up of citizens meets each month where Det. McClure presents the Crime Stoppers tips.  The committee then decides how much the reward should be.  No government funds are used for the rewards.  Rewards are from donations and Crime Stoppers operates as a non-profit.

Detective McClure answered several questions before President Chapman returned to the mic, shared a story of the power of Rotary to make the world a better place and brought the meeting to adjournment.