Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Watchdogs" on Facebook. Not official.

I envisioned the Facebook page as being our actual group. I can no longer accept that fact due to community issues being raised that ARE NOT what this group is about. What our group is about is posted on this page as the very first blog entry. And yes if you notice it says victims advocacy. I cannot change the name of the Facebook group. I tried. If I could I would change the name to "Nederland Texas Watch Dogs Public Forum and Information site." I cannot moderate that page. I have a life. I tried and so did other Admins to no avail. In fact it was so stressing that I am now the only admin of the site left. Can't say that I blame them. We have been slammed on some media sites and by talk in the community. Many think that what is said on the Facebook page is "Official" Watchdog information. Not true. Anyone can join a group and post whatever they want. Just because you are on the Facebook group does not mean you represent the Watchdogs. The Watchdogs are our planned events, programs and the volunteers that choose to participate in them along with those that present ideas and solutions. Period. The page is however an open forum where all concerned citizens can bring up viewpoints and ideas and discuss them. The rules always change because we are a group going through the learning process. And believe me I'm a fast learner. From now on feel free to discuss whatever it is you want as long as it pertains to NEDERLAND!! No bashing of city officials. You can respectfully disagree with them by the language you post up. No cussing or dogging individuals out because of their beliefs. No racism allowed. We don't need the weather report posted on there either. Politics is open too. Never should have stopped that. It does pertain to crime and you are free to discuss it within the guidelines of the rules. If I see any violations of the rules I will delete the post or comment and 3rd offenders will be banned. I will message each individual and explain why it was removed. I need help in the moderation of these rules. If anyone sees a violation if you could message me and tell me in what post and I will take a look at it as I cannot live on this page.

All official "Watchdog" information and request for help or volunteers will come from this blog or from several Facebook pages created for official information from our different areas of concentration. It will be posted on the current Facebook page.

We will not be pursuing Non Profit status at the advice of several legal experts. This ain't little league baseball! We will have fund raisers after given the proper permissions and we will make it all happen from volunteers. We are just a grass roots organization of concerned citizens wanting to make a difference.

This group is going to grow and make a difference in our community. Daily I receive numerous positive comments from folks on what we are doing and the direction we are headed in. It is upsetting to me that some in the community think that page is what we are about and it IS NOT! This blog however is. Please help us in any way you can!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Meeting Notes from Watch Dog Meeting 7/7/2011

Big time thanks to Cindy for staying up late typing up these meeting minutes.

meeting notes 7-7-11David opened the meeting asking everyone to sign in. Mostly new people showed up tonight, and I counted 60 people present. David talked about how we started the group after an 82 yr old woman was robbed in her home. We need to be the eyes and ears of the NPD and this is a good start. This mtg was to form committees originally, but instead we will re-hash what we did at our last meeting so that the new people can catch up.
Chief Bush is talking about the last meeting and how he felt we'd stalled a bit, but have now grown recently. Many city leaders are present at this meeting. He talks about how police work is reactive, but citizen involvement is proactive. He talks about Neighborhood watch beginning in our area in 1982 after we had 118 burglaries. It has since seemed to die out....it's been 15 yrs since Nederland has had a group. The main thing he points out is to get to know your neighbors. He feels that Neighborhood Watch signs deter crime in neighborhoods. We talked about the signs with Chris, the city manager. It seems we have to get with the city because has certain restrictions as to what type of signs, the size of the signs, height, etc.
Chief Bush also talks about National Night Out. Nederland will be doing this on October 4 which is a Tuesday evening. The Sherriffs office, Coast Guard, and other agencies will be there. This is a community "come together" event. He states we are welcome to set up a booth.
He also talks about NIXLE. You can subscribe free at NIXLE.com with your cell or email. This service will alert you when there is a local emergency, i.e., train derailment, evacuation notice, etc.
We had questions about the vehicle burglaries around South 5th street...some didn't report theirs and we encouraged them to do so. Chief Bush says the guys responsible were caught in PN. Questions also about an alleged "drug house" near Highland Park Elem. Told to report these type things to NPD who will refer to the Jeff Cty Narcotics Task Force. Urges again to report everything. He says to get license plate numbers, descriptions of individuals, etc., but to never compromise your safety. Chief Bush also states that information pertaining to certain cases while under investigation will not be released to the public. Once an individual is charged and convicted you may find that information online. For misdemeanor charges go to the County Clerk's website. For felony charges go to the District Clerk's website. If the individual is under the age of 17 it will not show up.
Chief Bush urged once again to get involved with your neighbors. He also states to be careful listing personal info on FB, such as your address, phone number, and info as to your wherabouts. He says also that if you post a picture to FB from your smartphone, it shows where you are at the time. If you are out of town, that will be obvious.
Talked about Entergy street lights. The city patrols and reports lights which are out, and Entergy repairs or replaces them. You can also contact Entergy about having a light installed on your property.....I believe the cost if roughly $10 a month to you. We have the info and forms on the blog.
City leader asked if some thought this was a vigilante group. We absolutely say no, it's not. Chief Bush talked about the things he'd read on our site after the young boy was attacked recently, and said he'd been concerned about that himself. He doesn't want anyone going overboard and possibly harming some innocent person because they may be worked up over this. He does also state that when people come forward talking as though they are a vigilante, that hurts the groups image.
Chief Bush talks about CHL (concealed handgun license.) He reminds us that just because you have a CHL, it doesn't give you the right to patrol and arrest. Everyone laughs...........He states that you are standing alone civilly, and to be careful not only for your safety, but for your liability. He wants us to come together, and he wants our community to report things to the PD.
Shari talks about the fact that when you report something to the PD, it may take quite a while before they gather all the evidence they need to make an arrest and prosecute. Chief Bush says sometimes they will follow up on a call to a possible drug house by simply watching, then maybe tailing one of the individuals. They can try to get them on a traffic violation, and then maybe search them which can lead back to the house that was originally called in about. Other times they may simply do a "knock and talk." This is where an officer simply knocks on the door of the subjects and starts asking questions and may be given access to walk around. This sometimes results in finding exactly what they're looking for. He states again to always call in something suspicious.
Statistics:
first half of 2010
67 assaults
55 family violence assaults
1 burglary coin operated machine
21 burglary of building
50 burglary of home
84 burglary of vehicle
91 thefts
21 unauthor. use of motor vehicle
6 robberies
4553 calls for service
first half of 2011
53 assaults
93 family violence assaults
3 burglary coin operated machine
40 burglary of building
47 burglary of home
54 burglary of vehicle
121 thefts
9 unathor. use of motor vehicle
5 robberies
6348 calls for service
Family violence assaults are up, as are theft, burglary of buildings, and calls for service. Keep in mind that these are the actual crimes which are reported.
Chief Bush states that the average response time for NPD is 5 - 7 minutes. An officer stated that the only gang activity he is seeing is from "wannabes."
City Manager talks about HUD and says crime does seem to be higher in these areas. He also talks about how Nederland does not allow apartments to be built any more. He says if an apartment complex is damaged more than 50% it cannot be rebuilt in the city. He urges everyone to go to any zoning meetings and voice your concerns. GET INVOLVED. Nederland is also taking steps to fix the problem of low income houses. The city often is stuck with the final water bills of these tenants, and is trying to make it mandatory for the landlord of low income housing to have the water bill in his or her name to combat this problem. He also talks about the City Wide Cleanup and says they will be having it twice a year now instead of only once. Chris applauds us all for getting involved to help our city.
It was brought up that parking on the grass in your yard will get you a ticket. The city is enforcing codes, so please call in high grass/weeds/old cars, etc so the code enforcement officer can check it out. They can't be everywhere, so once again we can be the eyes of the city.
It was also stated that we have different wards in the city, with a councilman over each one. If our group wants to have sections to watch over, this would be a great way to section it off instead of zones/blocks, etc.
David talks about how we weren't originally planning to have the city leaders here tonight, but so many voiced that want so we did. Our next meeting will be to organize into a real group, with perhaps a president, treasurers, etc. We also want to learn how to become a non-profit organization and have been offered help from Rick and Kent, who are members and both lawyers. This will be a big endeavor to say the least. David states that we will have this meeting in two weeks and he will post the time and place soon.
Another member talked about C.O.P. (citizens on patrol) in which she was a part of in Griffing Park. They actually patrolled their neighborhoods, and were working in conjunction with the PD there. This is something we can look into here as well. Mentioned registering your vehicle with HEAT, which gives an officer the right to pull your vehicle over if it's out past a certain time at night. We talked about Senior Citizens getting more involved in our group (some of whom don't have access to computers) so I mentioned contacting the Booty Ritter Sr Citizen Center to see about informing them of this. A lot of the local Sr. Citizens are home quite a bit and could be wonderful eyes and ears.
Shari talked about possibly getting Art In The Park going in Nederland, so she's working with Angela at the Rec Center to see how to go about doing that.
Many people signed up to help with different things, i.e., fundraising, organizing, etc. We seem to have a lot of interest in helping to get this group organized and moving forward. It was great to see so many involved in our meeting!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Who's ready to rock this group?

This was posted on our Facebook Group Page:

First of all I would like to apoligize to everyone for not taking an active part in conversations on here. I started a new job and the learning curve is pretty steep and the hours are longer. Great conversations are being generated on here and what I would like to do is capture them all in bullet format and see if we can come up with solutions at our next meeting. We are planning a meeting after Mardi Gras, heritage fest, spring break, you get the idea. Too much going on right now. We will set a date soon. The following is copied and pasted from our blog site http://www.nederlandtexaswatchdogs/ for those not familiar with it. It is somewhat of an agenda based on our first meeting at the city hall. I have a discussion piece after that.

Well based on the meeting notes I think we can start to see what kind of a group we are shaping up to be. So what are our next steps to get there? I list the ones I can think of in no particular order:
  1. We need to look closely at any laws or rules that we will need to be in compliance with and follow. Because I have no clue at all.
  2. Elect or appoint our positional needs such as treasurers (3). And whatever else we feel we may need.
  3. Open a bank account.
  4. Decide what we want to spend money on as a group based on things discussed at the meet and greet such as T-shirts, decals, yard signs, street signs.
  5. Put aside money to help victims of crime or to help prevent crime at less fortunate persons homes who may contact us with a need.
  6. Attend the Nederland Trash Bash as a group in April.
  7. Membership push on Facebook! Invite all of your friends who are from Nederland or who have a vested interest in Nederland. There is also a button on there to click to just add friends whether they want to be on there or not! (If your brave enough to do it!)
  8. We need to discuss a membership drive in the community as well for those with no Facebook account or with no computer at all and a way to communicate with them. (Monthly newsletter?)
  9. I say we get drinks and snacks if allowed and show up 15-30 minutes early for the next meeting to get that sense of community going!!

Sorry about the font color but there is no way to edit it on this. I made it bold to help in reading.

I was driving home today after reading all the comments on our group page and was thinking about solutions when an idea hit me. (I know I had smoke coming out of my ears). I think, and notice I said I, that one of the main things we can do to deter crime in Nederland is through high group visibility. We need to make this a priority and become the eyes and the ears of the police. Street signs, vehicle stickers, yard signs, t-shirts. Let the bad guys know they are being watched. And one thought I had was that of a surveillance network. Encourage members to purchase cheap surveillance systems with cameras in the front of their houses or businesses with a sign saying Nederland Texas Seeing Eye Dog and some image of a cool bulldog with binoculars or something like that.(I don't know if we can fund raise for merchandise going to our own members or not) We can then compile a listing of cameras available for the police to access and view following a crime. I think the word would spread rather quickly among the undesireables of our society that all of Nederland is under surveillance. There are even dummy cameras for around $30 or so that have a blinking light but do nothing but look like they are recording and deter crime. No bad guy will be able to tell the difference. Maybe we can cut a deal with a local security company if we can come up with a bulk order. I'm sure we can have volunteers within the group to install them if need be. Just my idea. I may be off base here.

Well I guess that is it. Let me know what you think. And keep up the good conversations on here and try and keep the police and elected official bashing to a minimum. I'm am sure they are reading the post on the site. It's Ok to rant and rave. It is your right. But please come up with solutions and go through the proper channels to get them resolved. If it is in the scope of our group and not too radical then we will do it!

I will start looking at what it takes to be a non-profit organization. Rules rules rules I am sure.

Take Care and Nederland Rocks!!

David Dry

Monday, February 7, 2011

Another one bites the dust

Judge Sentences Accused Serial Robber To 20 Years In Prison

I wonder if this is the dude who stole my generator? Good job taking this guy off the streets. No telling how much crime he committed in our city. Just a note to any wanna be criminals: Nederland Don't Play!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cindy Says....

Cindy says.....


What a great reminder we have to watch out for our elderly folks in the community. Please get out and check on them as the weather deteriorates around here tonight. I can envision a system in place with our group that assigns less fortunate folks and the elderly to members in our group and have them check on the people on their list. We can use modern day technology in the way of google maps to locate our members and assign that responsibility based on geography. But we wont give out anyones address. We will keep that private somehow. Maybe on a web site that is password protected to just members or select members of our group. But hey. It's just a thought. It's YOUR group. Ideas abound and all together we can come up with one that works!! In the meantime cook your chili and gumbo and go check on our elderly folks!....And save a bowl for me please :-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Light up for safety

Here is the link to report street light outages. We can make a difference in Nederland right now! If everyone would just step out and look around and report any street lights that are out! Notice that they only take care of streetlights that are over the street. The application online is very simple to use. (Screenshot posted below).

Lets light it up dogs!

Entergy Texas Streetlight Repair:

https://secure.entergy.com/forms/StreetLights.aspx?FormId=147&RegionId=TX




Thursday, January 27, 2011

Meet and greet with Chief Bush and the gang!

Here is a link to the television piece we received from Fox 4 in Beaumont. They are officially our news coverage online for this blog. Thanks for covering us and getting this up on your web site!

Nederland Citizens Express Crime Concerns


Well what did we do and what did we accomplish?


First of all I would like to say thank you to everyone who showed up for the event. Cindy counted 41 people. Also thanks to Chief Bush and the City Council members for being so gracious to host us and very openly discuss crime in our city. Outstanding job gentlemen!!


I guess the best thing for me to do is to transcribe from Cindy's meeting notes. So here goes:


  • Welcome and group background
  • Chief Bush is hosting and is introducing council members Ortiz, Albanese, Ducay, Rogers, Neal, and Assistant Chief Porter, all in attendance.
  • Nederland PD overview and plans for the future. Federal grants denied for additional officers 2 years in a row because not enough crime in the city.
  • A handout was given and discussed containing Report Statistics which includes the number of crimes from 2005 - 2010 ranging from aggravated assault, to calls for service.
  • Discussed apartments in the city and the ordinances in place making it a harder process to build them.
  • The crime rate has not skyrocketed since Hurricane Rita as proved by the stats.
  • What can we do to make Nederland Safe? Chief Bush talks about getting to know your neighbors. He says that people seem to afraid to call the police if they see something suspicious, but shouldn’t be. He urges us to call. He says the elderly woman on Kent was probably targeted, but couldn’t elaborate. He also states that the robberies on Ave. D appeared to be random, and these did not seem to be connected with the Kent robbery.
  • Gangs In The Community meeting at the Nederland Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 6:30 - 8:30 and handed out flyers pertaining to this. When asked, he stated that there seems to be a little gang activity, mainly on school campuses in the form of graffiti, but that it does not appear to be organized “yet.”
  • When asked about a Victim’s Assistance program, Chief Bush stated that the District Attorney’s office handles that.
  • Facebook safety was discussed. Chief Bush says it’s not a good idea to list your phone numbers, address, or your whereabouts on Facebook.
  • Neighborhood watch-type signs
  • Chief Bush stated that Nederland’s curfew for under-17 is 11 PM on weeknights and 12AM on weekends.
  • It was stated that Entergy can install a security light on an existing light pole in your yard for $10 a month added to your entergy bill. Entergy apparently takes care of the maintenance on these. Motion detector lights were said to be very good as well.
  • Chief stated that Nederland has 9 - 10 apartment complexes now, and some of those are low-income. He stated they get a “good bit of calls” from the latter.
  • Rent houses were discussed. Chief says the city has adopted a new ordinance making landlords liable for the type of tenants they house, and the condition said tenants keep the property in. This will hopefully help in that department. Also, code enforcement is stepping up in Nederland. A new type of code enforcement has been adopted by the city which helps the enforcement officer be more aggressive in cleaning up the city. Also it is stated that citizens need to report code violations, i.e., abandoned houses.
  • The police department will have to “stay out of” any fundraising activities. Chief urges group to have AT LEAST 3 people oversee any monies taken in to help with the purchase of locks, etc. for elderly, disabled, or disadvantaged citizens.
  • Nederland will have it’s 2nd annual “Trash Bash” in April. Info should be at the Nederland Recreation building before April.
  • Chief urges us to have another meeting so that we can organize more. He offered the same room, or the courtroom, depending on what size room we need.
    Someone suggested adding info to the water bill such as meetings, etc.
  • Discussed registered sex offenders. Chief said the DPS website has listings of areas, and it was stated there is a site which will email you if an offender moves into your vicinity.
And there you have it in a nutshell folks. Our first official meeting as a group. So we had a meeting and talked about a lot of stuff. What now?

Well based on the meeting notes I think we can start to see what kind of a group we are shaping up to be. So what are our next steps to get there? I list the ones I can think of in no particular order:

  1. We need to look closely at any laws or rules that we will need to be in compliance with and follow. Because I have no clue at all.
  2. Elect or appoint our positional needs such as treasurers (3). And whatever else we feel we may need.
  3. Open a bank account.
  4. Decide what we want to spend money on as a group based on things discussed at the meet and greet such as T-shirts, decals, yard signs, street signs.
  5. Put aside money to help victims of crime or to help prevent crime at less fortunate persons homes who may contact us with a need.
  6. Attend the Nederland Trash Bash as a group in April.
  7. Membership push on Facebook! Invite all of your friends who are from Nederland or who have a vested interest in Nederland. There is also a button on there to click to just add friends whether they want to be on there or not! (If your brave enough to do it!)
  8. We need to discuss a membership drive in the community as well for those with no Facebook account or with no computer at all and a way to communicate with them. (Monthly newsletter?)
  9. I say we get drinks and snacks if allowed and show up 15-30 minutes early for the next meeting to get that sense of community going!!
Well I'm gonna wrap this up because I'm sick of typing to tell you the truth. It's a start anyways!

GO DOGS!!



The way the street signs looked when I was growing up in Nederland!


Sorry so small below but it wont fit on here X Large. I think if you click on it it opens larger in another window.
FOX 4 Rocks!!!!!!!











Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why do bad things happen to Gods people?

"God plucks the flowers for His garden
when they are most beautiful."

 

So the toxicology results are out for the woman accused of causing an accident that killed Cristin and Katie Grubbs of Nederland. She was high on Somas and some other drugs. She will face charges of Intoxication Manslaughter. I struggled with this when it happened and now that I read the latest news article I struggle with it again. I cannot even imagine the struggles the family has and will face. My heart goes out to them. But I will continue to ask why do bad things happen to Gods people?  I will read the bible and it will provide me some comfort in its passages but I will still not understand. It will be faith alone that lets me move through times of trouble and sorrow.
I found this beautiful poem below that I thought was fitting.

Letter From Heaven


To my dearest family ...
There's some things I'd like to say,
But first of all, to let you know
That I have arrived okay. I'm writing this from heaven.
Here I dwell with God above,
Where there's no more tears of sadness ...
There is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy
Just because I'm out of sight;
Remember that I am with you
Every morning, noon and night.
Dove
The day I had to leave you
When my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me
And said, "I welcome you!"
"It's good to have you back again,
You were missed while you were gone;
As for your dearest family,
They'll be here later on."
"I need you here badly,
As you're part of my plan;
There's so much that we have to do,
To help our mortal man."
Dove
God gave me a list of things
That he wished for me to do;
And foremost on the list
Was to watch and care for you.
When you lie in bed at night,
With the day's chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you ...
In the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth
And all those loving years,
Because you are only human,
They are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry,
It does help to relieve pain;
Remember there would be no flowers
Unless there was some rain.
Dove
I wish that I could tell you
All that God has planned;
But if I were to tell you,
You really wouldn't understand.
There is one thing is for certain,
Although my life on earth is o'er,
I'm closer to you now,
Than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you
And many hills to climb;
But together we can do it
By just taking one day at a time.
Dove
It was always my philosophy
And I'd like it be for you too,
That as you give unto the world,
The world will give back to you.
If you can ever help somebody
Who's in sorrow and pain,
Then you can say to God at night ...
"My day was not in vain."
For now I am contented,
That my life was worthwhile;
Knowing as I passed along the way,
I was able to make somebody smile.
Dove
So if you meet somebody
Who is sad and feeling low ...
Just lend a hand to pick him up,
As on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street
And you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps
Only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go
From that body to be free,
Remember that you're not going ...
You're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey ~
Copyright © 1998


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Deputy uses Taser on man who threatens him with knife


JEFFERSON COUNTY - From Jefferson County Sheriff's Office - On January 5, 2011 at 23:14 hrs, a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office stopped an individual that was walking in the roadway at Spurlock and Hwy 69. After identifying this individual Dispatch advised that he was wanted by Orange County for Intoxication Manslaughter and Assault. Upon hearing that he had a warrant the suspect took off running in order to evade arrest, running through a trailer park and apartment complex before being stopped by assisting deputies.
At this time the suspect pulled a large bowie knife from a sheath in his back and held it in his hand verbally threatening the pursuing deputy. The deputy fearing for his safety and others discharged his taser, momentarily incapacitating the suspect. With the assistance of other deputies, the suspect was placed into custody without anyone being injured. The suspect was transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and booked into jail for Aggravated Assault against a Public Servant, Evading Arrest, Assault and Intoxicated Manslaughter.
The suspect is identified as 39 year old Lee Wayne Wilkerson of Nederland. He is currently being held on a $95,750 bond for all charges.
Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer $50,000.00
Evading Arrest $250.00
Assault (Warrant) $20,500.00
Intoxicated Manslaughter $25,000.00

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Town Meeting Proposed!

Shari Says:

Great news for anyone concerned...Chief Bush is willing to have a "Town Meeting" for all who want to come to talk about what we can do as citizens & what they are able to do as law enforcement to keep Nederland safer. We will work with him to have a date & time after the New Year. Please be thinking of any ideas & we will all work together!!
 
We will get the information and date out as soon as it becomes available!
 
Leave some fancy smancy comments in the meantime! And join this blog!
 
 

Eastex Crime Stoppers program suspended




JEFFERSON COUNTY - The Eastex Crime Stoppers program is suspended after helping solve crimes in 11 counties for more than two decades.
Supporters say a lack of funding has forced the program to become inactive. They blame the struggling economy.
The move has no impact on the Beaumont Crime Stoppers program which is thriving and is often rated among the top such programs in the state.
Members of the Eastex Crime Stoppers board announced Thursday afternoon that the program s suspended for an undetermined amount of time.
The board thought long and hard about the decision. It can't meet the $24,000 a year budget to keep the program going.
The announcement came during a news conference at Port Arthur Police headquarters.
Eastex Crime Stoppers is funded mainly through private donations and money from people placed on probation
Eastex Crimestoppers included law enforcement agencies outside of Beaumont.
Officers at the news conference worry that without reward money as an incentive, people might stop calling to provide crucial information.
Investigators say Eastex Crime Stoppers has played an important role in helping solve cases.
They're hoping people will continue calling their local law enforcement agencies to provide tips.
"We are going to come back," said Rod Carroll, an Eastex Crime Stoppers board member. "I have no doubt. The dedication of the board is still there. But we need a little breathing room to reorganize. We are not terminating-just suspending."
"There is nothing magical about solving cases if you don't have the forensic evidence and you have a person that has knowledge about the case," said Sgt. Ken Carona with the Port Arthur Police Department. "Then we need that person to come forward and help solve that crime."
The Eastex Crime Stoppers number, 724-TIPS, is still working. The calls will be forwarded to the state office but no reward will be given.
You can also call your local law enforcement agency and provide tips without giving them your name.
Beaumont Crime Stoppers emphasizes it's open for business. If anyone has information about a crime they can call 409-833-TIPS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An answering service is trained to take calls when officers are not in the office. People can also go to http://www.beaumontcrimestoppers.com/ to submit a tip. You can also use your cell phone to text a tip to Beaumont Crime Stoppers. Send BMT plus your message to CRIMES (274637). All tips are anonymous and tips that lead to an arrest will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Beaumont Crime Stoppers has been around for 28 years. It was established on November 1, 1981. Since that time Beaumont Crime Stoppers has received 14,622 tips, has helped make 3,276 arrests, cleared 5,783 cases, and has paid out $568,627 in rewards. Beaumont Crime Stoppers has helped recover $4,451,367 in stolen property and in the seizure of $2,593,237 in narcotics.
Beaumont Crime Stoppers says it's here to serve the citizens of Beaumont.


Can We Help Out Here Watch Dogs?

This article was from 9-9-2010 so not that long ago. A $24,000 a year budget to keep it going is pretty demanding for sure. Perhaps we can put together a fund raiser? I don't know if this is the sort of stuff we're talking about doing as a group or no. Fund raisers, donations, and volunteer effort is all we would be able to help out with I'm sure. I know we're talking about a victims advocacy fund and that will take donations and fund raising money as well. Maybe we will know a little bit more where we stand as a group after we meet with the City Council of Nederland and the Chief of Police. Lets keep this on our minds as we move forward and if this is something we decide to do we can get in touch with Rod Carroll or the powers that be. This is an organization that is a plus for citizens and law enforcement. I do know what a pain in the butt it is to start and operate a Texas Crime Stoppers organization. If you have time I encourage you to look at the link below and see what I mean. You have to scroll down after clicking each section.

http://www.thetexascrimestoppers.org/texas_crime_stoppers_funding.html

As always be sure and leave a comment!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sign Up for Free Amber Alerts Now and Make a Difference!

I did it. It's free. Imagine for a second if everyone with cell phones had this service? Hmmm.....Click on  the link below and make a difference. Fast and easy.



We're Not Gonna Take it Anymore!!

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

A message from Nederland Chief of Police - Darrell Bush

A link to the Message

Welcome to the Nederland Police Department website. The Nederland Police Department is committed to providing the best in law enforcement and protection to the citizens of Nederland Texas. We are aware that a safe community is the product of cooperation between citizens and their local police. I am pleased to say that Nederland has a close working relationship between the citizens we serve and the Nederland Police Department.
The Nederland Police Department participates in various community based programs including, Crime Stoppers, Neighborhood Watch, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, the Nederland Chamber of Commerce, the Nederland Heritage Festival, and various other civic organizations.
We have an officer assigned on a full time basis as a School Resource Officer. This officer works primarily at Nederland High School and our two middle schools. The SRO program has been very successful in several ways. It provides a measure of security at the schools, the officer at the schools handles criminal investigations on the school campuses, thus relieving patrol officers from that duty, and he works as a liaison between the school district, it's students and the Police Department.
The criminal investigation division consists of four full time detectives, along with a full time officer assigned to the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force.
Our Police Department stands ready to help you in any way possible. If I or any Nederland Police Department officer can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call on us.