Our History

1996

  • A 28-member citizens board meets to discuss publicity and begins raising funds for rewards. Illinois State Police Trooper Mike Pigg is coordinator. After meeting in Early December, the board met and officers were elected:

President – Mel Dillman
1st Vice-President – Charlie Doan
2nd Vice-President – Jeff Dorsey
Secretary – Ted Niemann
Treasurer – Sandra Davis

1997

  • February 14th: the Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers officially begins. 4,000 “Most Wanted” posters are printed. The poster is featured in the Quincy Herald-Whig. A 60 second reenactment is produced and aired on WGEM-TV. Phone calls on that first day result in 6 arrests.
  • Quincy Police Officer Gil Feld is added as a liaison officer to the group in May.
  • By June, “Tri-States’ Most Wanted” premieres on CGEM FOX, a cable channel operated by WGEM. Hosted by Pigg and Feld, the 30-minute show highlights fugitives as well as features a community policing segment.TriStatesMostWanted
  • The program receives 366 calls leading to nearly 100 arrests and more than 20 cases are solved. $5,790 is paid out in rewards.

1998

  • Receives $3,903 from McDonald’s Restaurants in Quincy through a “SuperSize for Crime Stoppers” promotion.
  • QRCS launches “Safe Streets”, offering awards for information about guns illegally carried or displayed.
  • Almost 500 calls are received in 1998. Over 110 arrests are made due to these calls. $6,580 is paid out in rewards, and over $41,000 is claimed in recovered property and illegal drugs.

1999

  • As a fundraiser, the Harlem All-Stars, a comedy basketball group is brought to Quincy in January. Harlem_All_Stars4Before the game, players visited area schools with their stay-in-school and stay-away-from-drugs messages. The show was a giant success as Quincy High’s Blue Devil Gym is filled to the rafters. Thanks to McDonald’s for their sponsorship.
  • The Adams County Sheriff’s Department joined Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers in February. Deputy Kathy Carver was assigned as liaison officer to the Crime Stoppers.
  • Members fingerprint more than 100 youngsters at the Adams Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting.
  • QRCS receives 339 calls, leading to 88 arrests, and $6,870 paid out in rewards.

2000

  • Crime Stoppers and WGEM-TV bring back the Harlem All-Stars before a crowd of over 3,000.Harlem All Stars1.JPG
  • With help from the QRCS, Quincy High School develops their own Scholastic Crime Stoppers program, giving rewards to fellow students if tips result in solved crimes. The first crime is solved within a month.
  • The program receives 371 calls. 102 arrests are made. $7,450 in rewards is paid out.

 

2001

  • After learning that phone records are subpoenaed in connection with a local murder case, QRCS votes to suspend operations until a solution can be found. It is the first time in the 26-year history of the worldwide organization that a caller’s identity has been revealed.
  • After being offline for six weeks, the three law enforcement agencies agree to a confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement with the organization. The board resumes operations and opens its hotline.
  • In September, a classic 1965 Ford Mustang is raffled as a fundraiser with the Tri-State Lugnuts.65_Mustang_St. Patrick_Parade
  • The program receives 305 calls resulting in the solving of 64 cases. $7,070 is awarded for tips leading to an arrest.

 

2002

  • The QRCS welcomes over 150 members from statewide Crime Stopper chapters to the Illinois State Crime Stopper Training and Conference held in May.
  • In December, Officer Gil Feld returns to the QPD Patrol and ‘retires’ from
    the Crime Stoppers. The board welcomes Officer Kelly VanderMaiden as coordinator.
  • The Harlem All-Stars return to Quincy in September for the third time to visit schools and sign autographs at Wal-Mart before competing against “The Bravest and Finest of Quincy” in Blue Devil Gym.
  • QRCS received 303 calls resulting in 97 cases solved and 101 arrests. $2450 in property was recovered and $9420 was paid out in rewards.

 

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  • The first “Midwest Monster Adventure Race” is a hit! 48 teams endure a grueling course and the elements to compete for trophies, medals and other prizes!
  • In 2003, QRCS received 391 calls resulting in 117 cases solved and 125 arrests. $8985 was paid in rewards to calls resulting in arrests.

 

2004

  • Trooper Sherman Meyer of the Illinois State Police joins QRCS as coordinator.
  • The first Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers Scholarship Program is announced, providing a $1000 college scholarship to one AdamsCounty high school senior.
  • Deputy Dave Mason of the Adams County Sheriff’s Department is named a coordinator, replacing Investigator Kathy Carver.
  • In 2004, QRCS received 333 calls resulting in the solving of 71 cases and 80 arrests. $7475 is awarded for tips leading to an arrest. Over $19,000 is recovered in property and illegal drugs due to tips.

 

2005

  • Camp Point Central High School graduate and Western Illinois University student Nancy Bockhold is the first recepient of the QRCS $1000 Scholarship.
  • The board of directors grows from 30 to 35.
  • QPD Officer Gil Feld returns to the ProAct Unit and to the Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers as Coordinator.
  • The “Midwest Monster Adventure Race” hosts another great race along a new course: through the parks and streets of Quincy.
  • In 2005, QRCS received 324 calls resulting in the solving of 82 cases and 112 arrests. $10,600 is awarded for tips leading to an arrest. Over $12,865 is recovered in property and illegal drugs due to tips.

 

2006

  • In 2006, QRCS received 258 calls resulting in the solving of 88 cases and arrests. A QRCS record $12,940 is awarded for tips leading to an arrest. $16,070 is recovered in property and illegal drugs due to tips.
  • Deputy Kevin Douglas of the Adams County Sheriff’s Department is named a coordinator.

 

2007

  • QRCS welcomes Trooper Mike Kindhart from the Illinois State Police as coordinator.
  • The “Midwest Monster Adventure Race” celebrates its 5th Anniversary.
  • In 2007,  our program received 166 calls resulting in the solving of 40 cases. $5,535 is awarded for tips leading to an arrest.

 

2008

  • The “Midwest Monster Adventure Race” has its final run, and adds a 6K Monster Run.
  • In 2008, QRCS received 271 calls resulting in the solving of 76 cases and 81 arrests. $10,082 is awarded for tips leading to an arrest. Over $4,365 is recovered in property and illegal drugs due to tips.

 

2009

  • The first ever TV Trivia Night was held.  A fun night and a great fundraiser!
  • In 2009, QRCS received 307 calls resulting in the solving of 47 cases, and $4819 is awarded for tips leading to an arrest.

 

2010

  • With the success of ‘TV Trivia Night’, a second night was added….”Movie Trivia Night’!
  • A scholarship fund was established in memory of Quincy Police Department Officer Gil Feld.
  • In 2010,  our program received 463 calls resulting in the solving of 66 cases.  Awards for tips leading to an arrest equaled $8,713.

 

2011

  • In 2011, QRCS received 528 calls resulting in the solving of 57 cases and 58 arrests. $11,170 is awarded for tips leading to an arrest. Over $12,510 is recovered in property and illegal drugs due to tips.

 

2012

  • Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers celebrates its 15th Anniversary.  15th anniversary jeff dorsey_charlie ledbetter

Current Board Members Jeff Dorsey and Charlie Ledbetter have been on the board since the beginning.