A weekly Crime Stopper television production is underway. Once it airs investigators wait for a tip to help them solve the crime. Keeping the tip a strict secret from others is important.
Crime Stoppers boasts all the time about how tips are anonymous. That's due in large part to the ingenuity of a former Nacogdoches Crime Stopper board member. His name is Kevin Anderson. He developed software to keep track of tips specifically for Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers. Then he put it on the market. "It's really become the standard worldwide for intelligence management for Crime Stoppers and we're branching out around the world and have most of the Crime Stopper programs worldwide using it now," said Anderson.
When a Crime Stopper number is called it most likely goes to not the local police department, but to a call center using Anderson's software. Sgt. Greg Sowell explained, "This goes to a firm that answers nothing but Crime Stopper lines. They're trained and by utilizing this it gives our callers another layer of local protection to remain anonymous."