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Midlands phone line for crime tips goes bilingual
Monday, July 11, 2011


RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - You've seen the name and number flash across your screen, calling for tips on crimes committed in your community.

Now Crimestoppers of the Midlands has added another element. There is a Spanish interpretation service that allows citizens to report crimes in Spanish.

Since 1982, Crimestoppers of the Midlands has helped solved more than 7,200 crimes. Now the popular crime fighting tool is expanding. "It's about service to our citizens, making sure that we provide them with an environment that's safe and comfortable," said US Marshall Kelvin Washington.

In a news conference Thursday at the State House, Crimestoppers affiliates announced the start of a Spanish Interpretation Service Tip Line. "The Hispanic community is a very growing community within South Carolina," said Sheriff Leon Lott. "It's a community that we care about. It's a community that we can get information from. It's a community that we needed to reach out to and be able to get information from.

Citizens can now call the Crimestoppers tip line and give anonymous information in Spanish.

Gregory Torrales is the President of the South Carolina Hispanic Leadership Council. He said the addition is necessary and will create safer communities. "The Hispanic community has a large distrust of law enforcement," said Torrales. "This initiative is actually shortening that gap to let them know we are here not as an enemy but as an ally."

Torrales said the expansion of the Crimestoppers program is a direct parallel to his agency's mission to enhance the quality of life and quantity of services delivered to the state's Hispanic community. "This initiative is more for people, like my mother, who have lived in the US for 45 years but have a very broken English accent," he said. "If able to report a crime in her native tongue of Spanish, she's more likely to report it."

That's exactly what law enforcement officials want. "It's a way for our citizens to really reach out and help us," said Sheriff Lott.

The number to report crimes is 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15051104/midlands-line-for-crime-tips-goes-billingual

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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