A law-enforcement office’s most valuable resource is the people it serves, Elizabethtown Police Department Public Information Officer Chris Denham said.

“There are not enough police officers to be at every place at all times,” Denham said. “When we can’t be present, citizens are our boots on the ground, if you will. They are our eye in the sky.”

That’s why several communities throughout the Commonwealth, and internationally, have Crime Stoppers – an organization with the mission to assist area law enforcement with investigations.

There are 19 Crime Stoppers programs in Ken­tucky, the majority of which were represented Friday in Elizabethtown at a state Crime Stoppers meeting.

“We are working on building more organizations,” said Tim Thomas, president of the Kentucky Crime Stoppers. “We like to look at ourselves as the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Because it allows local individuals to combat crime and to help make safer neighborhoods.”

Callers remain completely anonymous. Denham said the call taker will not retain any information unless the caller wishes to share that information. The caller is assigned a Crime Stoppers’ case number which is call back and follow up.

If the tip leads to an arrest, the caller could receive up to $1,000. The caller is given in­str­uc­tions on where to pick up the cash reward.

Denham also emphasized the tip does not have to concern a crime that already has been reported to law enforcement nor does it have to relate to an active investigation.

“If you are aware of any crime taking place in Hardin County you can a call 1-800-597-8123,” he said. You can report any crime at any time anonymously. If you see something say something,”

Kentucky State Police Maj. Larry Newton of the Technical Services Division was Friday’s keynote speaker.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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