PARSIPPANY, NJ - Human nature says that people - at least sometimes - don't mind
"ratting" each other out.
That is the cornerstone of the Morris County Crimestoppers Program,.
which began more than 30 years ago.
The idea is simple. Run by the county offices of the sheriff and
prosecutor, the program offers cash rewards for anonymous tips on
Here's how the program's website puts it:
"If you feel uncomfortable about reporting a crime, now you have
methods where no one will ask your name or want to know who you are."
Years ago, the program relied on phone calls; now there's a website
John Sette, who has been involved with the program since its
inception, says many people don't even want the cash reward.
Sette was front and center Monday night at the annual Crimestoppers'
cocktail party in Whippany. He was made an "honorary sheriff" by the
actual county Sheriff, James Gannon, for his work with the program
over the years. Gannon by the way is the third sheriff to support
Crimestoppers following John M. Fox and Ed Rochford,
Also honored for their achievements Monday was the Morris Plains
Notwithstanding the polarizing nature of today's politics,
Crimestoppers has remained very much a bipartisan endeavor. And as
Gannon said Monday night, its party is always a success because the
speeches are kept to 10 minutes combined
Since the program began, it has led to 479 arrests and the solving of
441 cases. About $58,000 has been paid out in awards and $165,000 in
stolen property recovered. Additionally, tips over the years have led
to an estimated $278,000 worth of drugs being seized.
That's certainly something worth celebrating.