Chamber hosts Crimestoppers CEO

Feb 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Community
Col. John Doran, Chief Deputy Richard Baumy, Crimestoppers President and CEO Darlene Cusanza, Chamber Chairman Fred Sigur Jr., Vice-Chair Cindi Meyers, and Chamber CEO Stephen Reuther, who also serves on the Crimestoppers board, pose after January’s luncheon. Cusanza was grateful for the help Crimestoppers has received from the Sheriff’s Office and from local businesses.

Col. John Doran, Chief Deputy Richard Baumy, Crimestoppers President and CEO
Darlene Cusanza, Chamber Chairman Fred Sigur Jr., Vice-Chair Cindi Meyers, and
Chamber CEO Stephen Reuther, who also serves on the Crimestoppers board, pose
after January’s luncheon. Cusanza was grateful for the help Crimestoppers has
received from the Sheriff’s Office and from local businesses.

Darlene Cusanza, president and CEO of Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans, gave a keynote presentation to the St. Bernard Chamber of Commere at their monthly luncheon on January 22.

Much of Cusanza’s presentation outlined the programs Crimestoppers has implemented to reach different audiences. She said that many of Crimestoppers’ most trusted informants were displaced after Hurricane Katrina, and this forced the Crimestoppers board to find innovative ways to reach new segments of the population.

One successful development Cusanza discussed was Crimestoppers’ partnerships with barbershops around New Orleans. Cusanza explained to the women at the luncheon that barbershops are essentially gossip havens for men. The more Crimestoppers could build trust with barbers who overhear everything, the more information they would get.

“It’s so incredibly important because these guys are really well-respected in their neighborhoods,” Cusanza said.

Another successful new advance Cusanza noted was their Safe Schools program. She said that Crimestoppers’ increased outreach to schools has led to tips from students who have information about violent crimes committed by people in their lives. What Cusanza and her colleagues at Crimestoppers did not expect was the big influx in reports of date rape and cyber-bullying.

These new programs, in addition to social media and the tried-and-true use of radio, TV, and billboard advertisements, led to a very successful 2013 for Crimestoppers. In addition to helping solve some high-profile murders around Greater New Orleans, Crimestoppers did especially well in St. Bernard Parish. Last year, 26 tips from St. Bernard led to 14 charges laid and six arrests.

For more information on Crimestoppers, visit www.crimestoppersgno.org.

To make a tip, call 504.822.1111.

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