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STEPHENVILLE (February 3, 2015) — Tarleton State University’s Police Department has received a generous donation of digital camera equipment from Erath County Crime Stoppers for investigations and evidence documentation.
The local non-profit organization presented Tarleton Chief of Police Matt Welch with the donation on Monday following the conclusion of the Crime Stoppers’ first annual “50 Guns in 50 Days” fundraiser.
The donation consists of a Canon DSLR camera, lenses, flash, tripod, memory cards, filters camera bag and other items which will be used by the university’s detective and other officers in future investigations and evidence gathering.
“We had a very successful fundraiser and are proud to support the Tarleton Police Department with these investigative tools that will enhance the officers in conducting their duties,” said Erath County Crime Stoppers Board Member Marion Cole.
In addition to Tarleton, the organization made similar digital camera kit donations to both the Stephenville Police Department and Erath County Sheriff’s Office.
“The camera equipment will be a great asset for us to use, especially for any crime scene investigations,” said Chief Welch. “Lots of times in court, jurors and prosecutors want high-resolution images when presenting evidence and now we have a good quality camera to do a great job for the public.”
Founded in 1986, Erath County Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501c(3) corporation dedicated to solving crimes, recovering stolen property, removing drugs and capturing fugitives in Erath County through anonymous tips. The local Crime Stoppers operates a 24-hour tipline, 254-965-CASH, which allows the public to provide anonymous tips relating to the arrest of alleged criminals. Erath County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 cash for tips leading to an arrest, conviction or recovery of stolen property.