HISTORY OF CRIME STOPPERS OF MICHIGAN
The Alliance for a Safer Greater Detroit is the parent organization for Crime Stoppers of Michigan (CSM). The organization was founded in 1993 as an affiliate of the Detroit Regional Chamber with John Broad as the first chairman and John O'Hair, Wayne County Prosecutor and Horace Sheffield, Chairman of the Detroit Association of Black Organizations, as co-chairmen. The Alliance, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, grew out of the Detroit Strategic Plan which identified a need for the community, business and law enforcement to come together to fight crime in the Detroit region.
Early projects included the Freeway Courtesy Patrol, Fugitive Watch, Alliance Fugitive Task Force, and University Camp.
In 2003, the Board of Directors decided to exclusively focus their attention on Crime Stoppers of Michigan, making it the only program of the Alliance. Crime Stoppers of Michigan has become the largest Crime Stoppers organization in Michigan and one of the three largest Crime Stoppers organizations in the United States. With corporate headquarters in Southfield, MI., Crime Stoppers of Michigan operates in the seven counties of Southeast Michigan: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, Livingston and St. Clair.
According to Crime Stoppers USA, there are seven recognized Crime Stoppers/Silent Observer programs serving our state. Crime Stoppers of Michigan serves a population of 4,820,684, nearly double the 2,438,364 residents serviced by the other Michigan Crime Stoppers/Silent Observer programs. Put another way, Crime Stoppers of Michigan services half of Michigan’s population of 9.974 million people. We cover seven of the most populated counties in the state. Other counties have requested our services, but without additional funding, we are not equipped to spread our limited resources any further.