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TREASURE COAST -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will be guest speaker at the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner, being held at the Pelican Yacht Club in Fort Pierce.
The public is invited to come and hear Ms. Bondi speak at the dinner.
"We were fortunate to be able to have Ms. Bondi as the keynote speaker," said Ed Glaser, executive director of the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers.
A native of Tampa, Ms. Bondi became Florida's 37th Attorney General on Nov. 2, 2010. She is currently a member on the board of The Spring, a domestic violence shelter in Tampa. She also serves on the Special Olympic Florida Board of Directors.
In addition to numerous awards, she was also recognized with the 2011 Leadership Award by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators for her efforts to stop prescription drug abuse.
The dinner is the first of its kind for the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit group serving St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
The nonprofit organization helps those agencies by providing a way for residents to anonymously provide tips that can lead to arrests of criminals or recovery of property.
"We have worked with 15 different law enforcement agencies throughout the area," Mr. Glaser said. "So we wanted to recognize them all for supporting us over the years."
All the law-enforcement agencies in the four-county area will receive an award that evening.
Through the organization, the tips are passed on to the law enforcement working the case and if the tip proves successful, the person who left it is eligible for a cash reward.
Last year, approximately 180 arrests were made based on tips received through the nonprofit. This year, the organization is averaging about 75 tips a month.
The Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 15 at the Pelican Yacht Club in Fort Pierce. Tickets are $60, and can be purchased by call Judy Roberts at (772) 770-5136. Requests for tickets can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or go on the website at www.tcwatch.org.
People can give their crime tips without giving their names by calling (800) 273-8477 ("TIPS"), by texting Tip 151 plus the tip to 274637 or by visiting the Crime Stoppers website.