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Crime Stoppers is comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives. Crime Stoppers provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community. For over 35 years, Crime Stopper of the Sioux Empire is a non-profit organization led by a Board of Directors that provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program. The Board enhances the community involvement aspect and its function is vital to the programs success. Rewards and program funding is made possible through donations and fundraising events such as the Annual Shred EventNO TAX DOLLARS are involved! The Crime Stoppers of the Sioux Empire Board meets monthly to evaluate tips leading to arrests and decide on the size of their cash rewards. 

Who is Involved

Carolyn Dick      2022 President
Jay Buchholz      2022 Vice-President
Barb Hascall      2022 Treasurer
Janet Gillespie      2022 Secretary
Darcy Anderson      Board Member
Wade Backman      Board Member
Josh Callahan      Board Member
Jim David      Board Member
Norman Dittman      Board Member
Rodger Ellingson      Board Member
Doug Flora      Board Member
Mike Humpal      Board Member
Monty Misfeldt      Board Member
Todd Mundhenke      Board Member
Joe Piacentino      Board Member
Jessie Schmidt      Board Member
Joseph Spader      Board Member
Mark Buehler      Advisory Member (non-voting)
Jesse Callahan      Advisory Member (non-voting)
Otto Hagedorn      Advisory Member (non-voting)
Kathy Lueth      Advisory Member (non-voting)
Lisa Ottmar      Advisory Member (non-voting)
Tim Stark      Advisory Member (non-voting)
Rick Tupper      Advisory Member (non-voting)
Sgt. Paul Creviston (SFPD)      Community Advisor (non-voting)
Josh Phillips (Minnehaha County Sheriff's office)      Community Advisor (non-voting)
Miles Schumacher (Legal Counsel)      Community Advisor (non-voting)
Local History:
Gordon Olson was responsible for bringing the concept of Crime Stoppers to Sioux Falls in the later part of 1986 when he called representatives of area service clubs to see if there was an interest in starting the program here.  The first meeting was held with the newly formed citizen board on January 30, 1987, at which the first reward of $200 was approved.  For the first year Crime Stoppers worked through the Sioux Falls Area Foundation.
Crime Stoppers of Sioux Falls, INC., was formally incorporated as a South Dakota not for profit corporation on December 29, 1987.  On August 30, 1999 its name changed to Crime Stoppers of the Sioux Empire, Inc.  The current name reflects its affiliation with law enforcement in all the communities and rural areas of Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties.
The Board of Directors continues to be comprised primarily of members of area service clubs along with a number of other concerned citizens.  Representatives from the Sioux Falls Police Department and Minnehaha and Lincoln County Sheriff's Offices also participate in the monthly board meetings.