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Apr 16, 2012 8:03 PM

Law enforcement agencies launch a new program to fight crime

TUCSON - The U.S. Marshal's Service, the Pima County Sheriff's Department, the Tucson Police Department and 88-CRIME just launched a new program encouraging the community to help fight crime.

It's called Quarterly Fugitive, and it will highlight six to ten fugitives every quarter. The hope is that by focusing on a few faces, as opposed to thousands, the public will come forward with any information they may have.

Susie Dupnik, with 88-CRIME, says narrowing the focus may lead to better results.

"I think that draws attention to those particular people, and then maybe that would be enough to have the person go look someplace else."

U.S. Marshal, David P. Gonzales, wants the fugitives to know: they haven't been forgotten.

"We are going to look for you and we are going to find you," Gonzales said.

Each quarter, the fugitives will be picked from cold or stale cases. The six being profiled right now are wanted for various offenses, including assault, kidnapping, probation violations and trafficking stolen property. Putting them behind bars is the ultimate goal.

"When someone's out on the lamb, hiding from law enforcement, avoiding crime, they commit burglaries, armed robberies, assaults," Gonzales added.

With the help of the anonymous tip line, 88-CRIME, the agencies are hoping more people will step forward. Since 1980, the tip line has had a big impact.

"There have been 4,866 felony arrests due to the 88-CRIME program. There's been 5,024 cases cleared. Over 104 million dollars of narcotics seized," Dupnik said.

For more information on how you can text, call or report a fugitive online, go to www.88crime.org

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