Crime Stoppers of the Lower Cape Fear Board of Directors have named a new volunteer Board Chairperson to
lead the 36 year old organization. Linda Rawley Thompson, who currently serves as the Public Affairs Officer of
the Wilmington Police Department, officially stepped into the role last month. Thompson has been a part of the
board for several years, however her new role as Board Chairperson will allow her to oversee the payout of
awards as well as assist with fundraising efforts. Thompson takes over the reigns from out-going Board
Chairperson Darryl Bruestle, retired Wilmington Police Chief. Bruestle has served as the Board Chairperson for
more than 20 years.
In 1982, members of the local community, in partnership with the media and law enforcement, began an effort to
provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement. A cash reward was offered to anonymous persons who
telephone the Crime Stoppers hot line with information which led to the arrest and indictment of the person(s)
responsible for felony offenses. Local law enforcement representatives from Wilmington, New Hanover County,
Pender and Brunswick Counties as well as a representative from the New Hanover County 911 Center and the
District Attorney’s Office help to make up the local board.
The Crime Stoppers program has celebrated success locally and abroad . The worldwide program has solved
over a half a million crimes and recovered over 3 billion dollars worth of stolen property and narcotics.
Today, there are over 1,000 Crime Stoppers programs in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia,
South Africa, Bahamas, British West Indies, Micronesia, and other nations.
If you have information about a crime in your community call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-531-9845. Your caller
information will remain anonymous.