ALBANY, N.Y — Capital Region police are teaming up with SEFCU to launch a new non-profit, crime-fighting program called "Capital Region Crime Stoppers."
It is based on the national Crime Stoppers model, used around the country to pay out cash rewards and help encourage anonymous crime tips.
The Capital Region chapter already has its own board of directors. The board's president is Mickey Myers, the one-time fiancé of 2015 Colonie murder victim Jackie Porreca. Porreca's case languished for 4 months before a tipster finally came forward and helped police secure two arrests.
"None of us ever want another family to go through what we've gone through," Myers said. "We hope that this will help bring them some closure, and get that closure quicker than what we had to go through."
Already, SEFCU has donated $10,000 to the cause, which helped implement the new P-3 Tips smartphone app locally. P-3 users can send anonymous tips to police via the app.
Civilians without access to a smartphone can also submit tips at capitalregioncrimestoppers.com, or by phone at 1-833-ALB-TIPS.
Albany Police led the effort to create Crime Stoppers, staff its board and partner it with more than a dozen local police agencies.