Harlingen Area Crime Stoppers receives award

HARLINGEN — It was just another day at the office taking calls and handling paperwork when Reynaldo Delua received the news.

“All of a sudden we received this award in the mail from the Texas Crime Stoppers stating we had won,” said Delua, the Harlingen Area Crime Stoppers investigator.

Harlingen Area Crime Stoppers received a plaque for being the most productive in dollar recovery for a population covering 50,000 to 70,000.

The award arrived form the office of the Texas governor based on all of the police reports sent by Crime Stoppers.

The productivity awards take a look at the numbers and based on statistics, award those with the greatest dollar recovery and/or most cases cleared in each population category.

The award was originally presented at the recent 29th Texas Crime Stoppers Conference held in Seguin.

The Productivity Awards are presented in two categories, most cases cleared and greatest dollar recovery and combined with narcotics seized and stolen property recovered based on statistical reports.

“Any items recovered have to be reported to the Governor’s Office,” Delua said. “It turned out upon seeing all the reports that I had sent they determined we were the number one Crime Stoppers.”

The Productivity Awards do not accept nominations, but use the actual statistics from quarterly reports submitted.

According to Delua, in the past three months Crime Stoppers received more than 250 calls.

Delua said Harlingen Crime Stoppers has been active since June 1982.

“The people themselves deserve the pat on the back,” Delua said. “They take it upon themselves to keep the city safe and clean.”