By Lucia Holloway
“Best New Crime Stoppers Program in the State” was awarded to Yalobusha County at a recent state meeting. Eddie Foster, Crime Stoppers Coordinator for the Sheriff’s Department, accepted the plaque.
“We want to keep our county safe,” said Foster in a talk to the Ambassadors Tuesday morning. He said that if a crime is observed in process, call 911. “But if you see something questionable, hear about something, please say something,” he said.
In the past, he said that persons have been reluctant to get involved in solving crimes because of fear of reprisal, not wanting to appear in court, or apathy. With the new Crime Stoppers organization, information can be funneled to the proper authorities through anonymous tips to: 1-866-933-TIPS, 473-4935 or TIPS@yalobushacounty.net. Authorities cannot trace the source of tips.
Rewards, up to $1,000, will be paid when an arrest occurs. “Money is paid anonymously to the tipster through a local bank,” Foster said.
“Community and county involvement of citizens, news media, and law enforcement is vital to the success of Crime Stoppers,” said Foster. Funding the organization is a grant and $2 per ticket in the county and $1.50 in Water Valley plus donations from persons and organizations.
“A way to give back to the community” is Foster’s reason for his participation in law enforcement. In 2005, he retired as BorgWarner Global Materials and Purchasing Manger after 35 years.
After six months, the Charleston, West Virginia native became a certified law enforcement officer and a deputy sheriff with Yalobusha County, In addition, he operates a company selling automotive parts and other supplies. He and his wife, Mari, have a daughter, Cinnamon.