CHIPLEY — Police Chief Kevin Crews has been appointed president of the Crime Stoppers of Washington County, according to an Oct. 1 news release.

CHIPLEY — Police Chief Kevin Crews has been appointed  president of the Crime Stoppers of Washington County, according to an Oct. 1 news release.

Crews is well known in Washington County and the surrounding area as being extremely productive in fighting crime in Chipley and Washington County.

“Drugs, violence, and crime aren’t just law enforcement problems; they are community problems as well, “ Crews said. “It’s going to take a close working relationship between local law enforcement and our neighbors to effectively address the criminal activity in our community.”

The local Crime Stoppers program has been very effective in helping solve crimes like, burglaries, busting drug dealers, and the apprehension of many wanted individuals, Crews said.

“I am looking forward to working together with the citizens of Washington County and pledges to be effective in giving the citizens a partnership in fighting crime in their own communities, ” the police chief said.

Crews recognized past President Marty Hinson for his many years of dedication to the Crime Stoppers of Washington County and for serving as president for the past 5 years.

Crews also recognized Vice President Howard Tiller, Treasurer and Secretary Tommy Sasser, and Board Member  Don Brown. “All Have served tirelessly and have been committed to fighting crime in Washington County,” Crews stated.  “I am excited that the former officers will remain active within the board and the new officers are ready and anxious to take on these new projects.”

 As the newly elected president, Crews has appointed a law enforcement coordinator, Lt. Chris Welch of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, to assist with Crime Stoppers.

Lt. Welch is excited to be on the team and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, Crews said.  The chief also plans on promoting the Washington County Crime Stoppers program with a renewed vigor and enthusiasm.

“We want to incorporate the Crime Stoppers Program into the lives of our students at school and within our communities. Students can report school incidents anonymously or pass on any information they feel should be reported, such as bullying, criminal mischief, drugs and/or weapons on campus. We need to educate our young people on how they too can become Crime Stoppers,” said Crews.