I was happy to be apart of such a monumental and historical moment that took place in Houston, Texas; on Friday, January 27th 2017. It was after remarks from Crime Stoppers of Houston, that the official ribbon cutting and opening of The Dave Ward Building took place in front of the brand new, and first ever Crime Stoppers Headquarters in the world. The facility has been deservingly, named after ABC 13 KTRK, Dave Ward, who is the longest running TV anchor in history. The facility, at 3001 Main Street, was named in honor of Dave Ward, Guinness World Record holder, for his significant contributions to the organization. See photos from this event here. Photos courtesy of Crime Stoppers Houston
While it was cold and chill filled the air, we stood-by with gloves, hat and scarves; while we all anxiously awaiting this moment, which was once a vision on a rendering board, and now a reality, which finally came to fruition. While extremely surreal, it was indeed an honor and a pleasure to see this happen and to hear Dave Ward, the man himself, up close and personal, recite for the last time, his infamous tagline, that I used to hear on the television as a child: “Crime Stoppers will pay a one thousand dollar cash reward this week for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the person responsible.”
In attendance, along with media sponsors and supporters of Crime Stoppers, north of 100, were the notables below:
Texas Lieutenant Governor DanPatrick
Texas Senator John Whitmire
State Representative John Zerwas
State Representative Tom Oliverson
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg
Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez
Dave Ward, Building Namesake
Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Fenner Weller and Kathryn Childers
Campaign Supporters and Community Partners
Crime Stoppers of Houston Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Staff
As well as representatives from top campaign donors:
The Fondren Foundation
The Cullen Foundation
The Hamill Foundation
Additional notable Houstonians who contributed $100,000 and above to the campaign
About this Historical Building:
Occupying an entire square block in Midtown, the new Crime Stoppers facility is also the City of Houston’s first Public Safety and Crime Prevention block and will serve as a hub for crime prevention – housing centralized Crime Stoppers operations, staff, volunteers, law enforcement, safe community/safe school programming and media outreach teams in a single three-story 28,000-square-foot building.
Each facet of the new Crime Stoppers headquarters will work to expand the organization’s community programming and serve its vital mission to solve and prevent crime. The organization recognizes that the community can play an active role in keeping themselves safe, therefore, the entire first floor of the building was designed specifically to service the community at no charge. This includes access to a 2,500 square foot multi-purpose community center that will be used for safety seminars and informational events; a victim’s family services room for families and investigators; press conference room and media editing areas equipped with on-site tools available to members of the media to relay important, time-sensitive information to news outlets.
Additionally and within a highly secure setting, law enforcement partners assigned to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line Program (713-222-TIPS) will have a dedicated space to answer the tip line and manage day to day operations.
Outside the facility, a 12,800-square-foot Harris County Sheriff’s Officers Memorial Garden will be built to pay tribute to heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. This serene memorial – the first ever of its kind paying tribute to fallen County officers, will be overseen daily by an on-site officer and welcome any and all to honor fallen heroes. Moreover, this inviting square will serve as a graceful addition to the revitalized Midtown Houston cityscape and constant reminder of the community’s commitment to crime prevention and resolution.
For information about Crime Stoppers of Houston or to give to the building campaign, please visit http://www.crime-stoppers.org or contact Rania Mankarious at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-817-5678.
The Impact of Crime Stoppers of Houston:
Tip Line (713-222-TIPS): Working with law enforcement, has helped solve over 33,600 felony cases and arrest over 25,600 felony fugitives.
The Community: In 2015, the Safe Community Program reached nearly three million Houstonians on crime prevention and public safety with focused initiatives on human trafficking, domestic violence, child and animal abuse, cyber safety and more. Crime Stoppers is also responsible for the recovery of $196,441,551.27 in stolen property, cash and narcotics.
Students: Reaching students from pre-K through high school in over 28 Houston area districts, the Safe School Program is responsible for solving almost 2,000 school cases and removing almost 200 weapons from our children’s schools. The program just celebrated reaching its 1,000,000th student.
Protecting Law Enforcement: The Fallen Hero Project was created in 2013 to protect and defend law enforcement. When an officer or firefighter is injured or killed in the line of duty and the suspect(s) remain at large, Crime Stoppers doubles its cash reward to $10,000. Over the last ten years, Crime Stoppers has solved over 150 felony crimes against law enforcement, including seven police killings – the most recent being the nationally known cases of fallen Officer Darren Goforth and injured Officer Ann Carrizales.