KPD Sgt. Gus Sandahl presents Amands Mills, KCHS freshman, with a $200 U.S. Savings Bond for winning the Crime Stoppers logo contest.
After a decade of service Barbara Ruckman is stepping down from the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. At Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Earlene Reed, Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers (CPCS) Board of Director's Treasurer, presented Ruckman with a silver platter in appreciation of her service. "Barbara Ruckman served from September 1996 through January 2005, on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors serves a variety of purposes which includes promoting the Crime Stoppers Program, setting policies for the program, raising funds for the reward fund, determining rewards and ensuring that these rewards are paid, and overseeing administrative paperwork to insure the program's integrity. During Barbara's tenure, she was Secretary and, most recently, Chairman of the Board. She attended three Crime Stoppers International training conferences-the conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, was cut short as all participants were evacuated out of the area due to Hurricane Charley. During her term as Chairman, she commonly had a platter of fresh breads or cookies available for the meetings so the Board of Directors decided it was only fitting to present her with an engraved silver platter to thank her for all her hard work and dedication," Reed told the Chamber.
Kenai Police Sergeant Gus Sandahl announced the winner of the Crime Stoppers logo contest that was open to all high school art students on the Peninsula. "We had a lot of great entries and about three weeks ago the Crime Stoppers board of directors chose Amanda Mills entry as the winning logo. As an incentive we offered a $200 Savings Bond for the winner," said Sgt. Sandahl. Amanda Mills is a freshman at Kenai Central High School and says she got her idea by going on line and researching a lot of logo books, "My logo is a circle within a circle with a picture of Alaska in the middle and Crime Stoppers printed boldly around the outer red circle," said Amanda.
The Crime Stoppers of the Central Peninsula has been operating since 1983 and has proven very effective, "We've had over 240 arrests in that 22 year period and we've recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars of stolen property due to Crime Stopper tips," said Sandahl. Part of the motivation for a new logo according to Sandahl was to inform the public that they can now enter their anonymous tips via the internet at www.crimestoppersonline.com , "We know that most people are used to calling in their tip and do not know of this new feature that Crime Stoppers has, so we wanted the new logo to help advertise this new feature. We also know that folks may be concerned about preserving anonymity on the internet so we folks to understand that Crime Stoppers guarantees complete anonymity and there is no tracing, just like we never use caller id when someone calls in a tip we give the same guarantee to never trace a tip either by phone or on the internet," explained Sgt. Sandahl. Meanwhile Amanda says she plans on buying a new pair of jeans with her prize money for designing the new Crime Stoppers logo. To contact Crime Stoppers call 283-8477, or 1-800-478-HALT (4258).
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