OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers has been recognized as the most successful program of its kind in the nation.
During the National Crime Stoppers Convention over the summer, Oklahoma City's program was praised for making the most arrests, clearing the most cases and recovering the most property between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010.
The police department and concerned citizens started the program back in 1979. The goal was to create an organization that allowed law enforcement, the community and the media to work together to solve crimes.
Since Crime Stoppers began in Oklahoma City, the program has received more than 176,000 tips, cleared more than 15,000 crimes and helped make more than 7,400 arrests.
Sgt. Charlie Phillips has served as the Crime Stoppers Coordinator since March 2006. He said the program received more than 300 tips every month from citizens.