There must be some concern in South Florida. via: Crime Stoppers announces cash rewards of up to $25K for tips that lead to federal terrorism prosecutions – Sun Sentinel
Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels — South Florida law enforcement leaders don’t want a Broward County city added to the list of recent terrorist attacks.
On Thursday, officials announced that rewards of up to $25,000 are being offered for anonymous tips that lead to arrests for federal terrorism charges.
“We say, not here, not in Broward, not if we can help it,” said Paul Jaworski, president of the board of Broward County Crime Stoppers, which will disburse the cash rewards. “Terrorism will not go away on its own.”
Present at Crime Stoppers’ Fort Lauderdale offices were members of the FBI, Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, Sunrise Police, Lighthouse Point Police, Hallandale Beach Police and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
“People know what suspicious activity is … but they fail or neglect to do anything about it,” said John Brooks, Sunrise’s police chief. He is also liaison for the chiefs association to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “If they see something that they believe is suspicious, make that call to Crime Stoppers, through several different ways. Just make sure we get the information.”
The organization had previously offered a $15,000 reward for such information, but decided to increase it by $10,000 and publicize it “to make a bigger impact in the community, and to grab people’s attention, make them sit up and realize this could happen here,” Jaworski said.
The new, bigger reward will be promoted on social media, turf that is shared by terrorists, both foreign and domestic, to recruit followers.
“That is the tool that these subjects are using today,” said Xanthie Mangum, assistant special agent in charge of counter-terrorism for the FBI in Miami. “They’re very, very advanced, very sophisticated. We’re seeing young men and women; they’re very agile on social media platforms. So that is indeed a very critical component to try to identify these threats.”
Users of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will see the reward advertised, and it will also appear on a truck carrying electronic ads. A billboard on North Andrews Avenue, north of West Cypress Creek Road, will also describe the program.
Ralph Page, executive director of the county’s 35-year-old Crime Stoppers program, said he believes Broward’s branch of the national organization is the only one that is offering such a high reward. The group credited its civilian board members for fundraising and donations from the community to develop the pool of cash.
Some of the 9/11 hijackers spent time in South Florida, and prior to the attacks, trained in the state to fly planes. In the 15 years since, there have been several prosecutions of South Florida-based terrorism plotters or supporters.
“Broward County is very unique,” said the FBI’s Mangum. “We are a very cosmopolitan county. A lot of individuals converge here; they are coming from throughout the world and the United States. You just don’t know who may have seen something, what they can share with us.”
She described all of South Florida as “particularly important” for terrorism investigations but said Broward’s high population, tourism, schools and infrastructure make it “just as vulnerable.”
Since its founding in 1981, Page said Broward County Crime Stoppers has paid about $2.7 million in rewards to anonymous callers, “and none of that was in taxpayer money.”
Tipsters have helped police make 12,593 arrests in the county and solve 22,067 cases, including 269 murders, he said.
Federal investigators were reluctant to describe recent South Florida terrorism cases in which tips were a key to solving them, because an anonymous source could perhaps become vulnerable to offenders.
“Very critical,” Mangum said, describing the importance of tips. “There is an early warning indicator for everything that is about to impact us in the community … We don’t want to be sitting with our hands crossed, waiting for an attack.
“We see this as a very positive opportunity for us to share information and identify threats, prior to attacks,” she said.
Broward County Crime Stoppers asks anyone with information about criminal activity to call 954-493-8477. For more information about how to email or text a tip to the organization, go to www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
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