Michiana Crime Stoppers celebrates 40 years of solving local crimes

(Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC)

Michiana Crime Stoppers began on May 18, 1983, after now-retired South Bend Police Captain Ed Friend observed and was impressed by the program in Rockford, Illinois.

Michiana Crime Stoppers offers an anonymous tip line and online portal, allowing community members to share anonymous tips about felony crimes and fugitives. Tips leading to arrests or case closures are eligible for cash rewards. Michiana Crime Stoppers does NOT have caller ID or IP address tracking.

Some history about the program:

The first Coordinator was Lt. Sam Walsh, who led the program for eight years.

Upon Sam’s retirement, Lt. Dave Shock took over as Coordinator and held that position for 16 years. When Dave retired, Lt. Cindy Kilgore stepped in and served as the coordinator for eight years.

Michiana Crime Stoppers is now led by Lt. Kayla Miller, who also oversees the South Bend Police Department’s Investigative Bureau.

Since 1983, Michiana Crime Stoppers has recorded:

11,304 solved cases
8,567 arrests
$1,208,935 rewards authorized
$18,199,778 worth of property and narcotics recovered

Michiana Crime Stoppers can be reached by calling 574-288-STOP or by visiting //

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