Crime Stoppers And Officer Barry Pruitt Honored As Hometown Hero

Each week, there's a local program that offers you $1,000 if your tip leads to the capture of the featured criminal.

"The Crime Stoppers program here in Warren county started actually back in 1989, so we're celebrating our 20th year here in south central Kentucky. It's been a very, very successful program."

They've celebrated their success at events like their annual "Eye-Opener Breakfast."

In twenty years they have solved over 1300 crimes, and placed more than 500 criminals behind bars, bringing in 18 of those just since the beginning of this year.

"I like to hear the behind-the-scenes success stories. When the detectives come to me and they say this is a crime that would have never been solved had we not got a Crime Stoppers tip."

Officer Barry Pruitt says he enjoys seeing the happiness of more than just those involved in solving the crimes.

"Whether it be a murder, whether it be someone whose family members has been destroyed by drugs, whether it be a burglary victim, somebody who's had their house broken into or their business broken into, I like it whenever we can give them closure to their crime, and say look we've caught the bad guys now."

The program involves many organizations, from the police department, to the media, to businesses and community members who donate money for cash rewards and offer tips.

"It really makes a difference in our community, and I believe in what they do. I have seen the results of what barry and the police department have done with our tips, and it works and is a pleasure to be involved with."

"There's a lot of people involved that we never hear about, but this program would not be a success if it weren't for them."

We honor the Crime Stoppers program and Officer Barry Pruitt as this week's Hometown Hero.

For more information on the Crime Stoppers program, click here.

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