Monday, September 9, 2002 / 11:00 AM
Two blocks west of the intersection of Sunrise Blvd. and NW 27th Avenue, on the south side of Sunrise Blvd.
Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne and Crime Stoppers officials are kicking off a billboard campaign, urging the public to use Crime Stoppers tip lines to report suspicious activity that could be terrorism-related.
“In the days that followed September 11th, we quickly realized the war against terrorism would not be won in weeks or even months,” Sheriff Jenne said. “We are in this fight for the long haul and we are counting on the public to help us win.”
“Crime Stoppers is one of law enforcement’s most effective tools for solving traditional crimes, and we know it will work just as well for terrorism tips,” Broward Crime Stoppers Board President Ralph Page said. “As with any crime, terrorism information that leads to an arrest can result in a reward. It’s important for callers to know they can remain anonymous.”
Billboards will go up initially throughout Broward County and will advertise the Broward Crime Stoppers number: (954) 493-TIPS. Similar billboards are being considered in other areas of the state.
“Crime doesn’t stop at the county line, and that’s also true of terrorism,” said Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers Executive Director Jack Sullivan, who is also the president of the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers. Every Crime Stoppers organization in the state is ready to take these calls.”
“The domestic security task force has learned in the past year, that if we want to prevent future attacks, law enforcement and the public must work together to protect our communities,” Sheriff Jenne said. The Sheriff also serves as chair of the Southeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force.
The first billboard, titled “Terminate Terrorism,” will be unveiled Monday morning by Sheriff Jenne and Crime Stoppers officials.
This report by: Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations