9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

Crime Stoppers USVI Encourages Local Schools To Adopt Campus-based Program

Caribbean / Community Center / Education / Featured / Health / News / Virgin Islands / February 17, 2015

In an effort to promote safer school environments, Crime Stoppers USVI is encouraging the territory’s schools to implement the anonymous, incentive-based crime reporting program on their campuses.

According to the organization’s Public Relations Chair, Etienne Gibbs, Crime Stoppers USVI’s goal is to show that “a proactive, not reactive approach to a safer school environment is more cost-effective, financially and emotionally.”

The first student Crime Stoppers USA program, known as Scholastic Crime Stoppers, was started in 1983 at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo. Now, more than 2,000 programs exist in middle and high schools, community colleges, and colleges throughout the nation.

Gibbs listed the benefits of implementing the Scholastic Crime Stoppers program on school campuses.

“Often utilized within the curriculum to teach character development, established campus-based programs have promoted school spirit and pride, and a positive campus image to students,” he explained. “Indirectly, schools experienced a reduced risk of lawsuits and put a check on insurance costs.”

Gibbs went on to say that in addition to being an avenue by which students could anonymously report school crimes without fear of retaliation, “school-based programs have encouraged the development of responsibility. Students participated in a valuable extracurricular activity, while they benefited from a reduction in incidents on campus and enjoyed an increased sense of security,” he said.

A variety of crimes are often committed on school campuses, including vandalism, theft, graffiti, bomb threats, excessive bullying, arson, and presentation of drugs and weapons. Depending on the severity of the crime, Gibbs said, rewards range from $100-$200 for drugs or weapons tips that lead to an arrest, as well as passes to school activities or the movies, free school items, and gift certificates for lesser crimes and for younger students.

Gibbs further pointed out that while some critics say rewarding students for providing information about a crime could promote students becoming “snitches” or cause them to invent crimes as revenge against other students, all tips are carefully investigated before rewards are given.

“All things considered, we would rather have an anonymous, good student-citizen to safely report crime-solving or crime-preventing information than have a grieving school and community following a violent tragedy on campus that could have been prevented had there been a Crime Stoppers program in place,” Gibbs said.

For more information on starting a school-based Crime Stoppers program, send email to [email protected].

Tags: ,

Cynthia Graham

Previous Post

Police Officers May Have To Be Imported Because Locals Can't Pass '7th Grade' Level Test, Mapp Says

Next Post

Diase-Coffelt Creates New Website, Petition For Independent Attorney, Inspector Generals

You might also like

Leave a Reply

More Story

Police Officers May Have To Be Imported Because Locals Can't Pass '7th Grade' Level Test, Mapp Says

Governor Kenneth Mapp said at a recent press conference that the Virgin Islands Police Department may have to import new police...

February 17, 2015