Crime Stoppers program launches in the Capital Region

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany Police is partnering with SEFCU to launch a new crime-fighting tool.

Capital Region Crime Stoppers allows tipsters to send information to local law enforcement through the web or their cell phone, and it’s 100 percent anonymous.

“As we all know, crime is a community problem,” SEFCU Pres. Michael Castellana said.

One local family says this might have helped them find justice sooner.

“Not knowing who committed this terrible crime or why she was murdered was agonizing for both our family and our terrible friends,” Janeah Rosecrans, Jackie Porreca’s sister, said.

In August 2015, Rosecrans lost her sister Jackie. The local barber was fatally stabbed while working alone in Colonie.

Her fiancé Mickey Myers says waiting for answers became harder every day.

“Knowing that, somebody knew something and wasn’t saying anything, didn’t want to say anything, besides the loss of her, dealing with that was probably the toughest thing.”

Now, Rosecrans and Myers are part of a new crime-fighting tool, Capital Region Crime Stoppers.

Through the partnership with SEFCU and local law enforcement, people can submit anonymous tips to police.

“It’s how people feel on their street, in their neighborhood, that really matters,” Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said.

In some cases, get a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. After Porreca’s murder, it took three months for someone to speak up.

“Most of it was his sense of justice and wanting to get some satisfaction for the family, but he came forward,” Colonie Police Lt. Bob Winn said. “In this case, he didn’t remain anonymous but there are a lot of people out there that have information that want to remain anonymous and this is a perfect tool for them to do that.”

If Crime Stoppers had been around when Porreca was murdered, Rosecrans feels someone would have come forward sooner. This is her way of making sure other families don’t share the same grief.

“You’re trying to figure out, well what can I do to help, and when I was approached, I said well this is it. This must be my calling to do something,” Rosecrans said.

Capital Region Crime Stoppers hotline at 1 (833)-ALB-TIPS. Learn more about the program.

The Albany Police Department, Albany County Probation Department, Albany County Sheriff’s Office, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, Bethlehem Police Department, Colonie Police Department, East Greenbush Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fulton County Drug Task Force, Guilderland Police Department, Menands Police Department, North Greenbush Police Department, Rensselaer Police Department, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Saratoga Springs Police Department, Schenectady Police Department and the Watervliet Police Department are currently participating in the program.

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