Looking for Nominees for the Dave Benton Crime Fighter Award


Crime Stoppers of Champaign County and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are once again joining together to provide a one-stop opportunity for residents to protect themselves from identity theft and to safely dispose of old prescription drugs.

Crime Stoppers is sponsoring a Shred Event along with the DEA’s free Drug Drop-Off on Saturday May 18, 2019, from 9-11a.m. on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign. The events will be held in Lot E14 at the corner of First and Kirby, across from the State Farm Center.

The following documents will be accepted: medical records, financial statements, credit applications, bank  statements, documents with social security numbers or driver license numbers, bank checks, tax records, and legal documents over 8 years old.

Ten handguns, 2 shotguns, and a semi-automatic rifle are among the weapons removed from our neighborhood streets as a result of tips to Champaign County Crime Stoppers during a 3 ½ – month trial period for its new Gun Bounty Reward Program.

The Dave Benton Crime Fighter Award is an annual award established by Crime Stoppers of Champaign County in honor of former board member and WCIA-TV anchor Dave Benton. Each year this award recognizes the Champaign County citizen who most exemplifies the crime-fighting spirit that Dave Benton exhibits during his award-winning newscasts, programs and his tenure on the Crime Stopper’s Board of Directors.

Nominations are open to all residents of Champaign County. The intent is to recognize an individual who has made a difference in the fight against crime. The recipient must have been involved in an onoing activity or program that helped to stop a crime, solve a case, or made a big difference in resolving a dangerous situation that made a neighborhood, community or the whole of Champaign County safer. Criteria for nominations are very general in order to avoid limiting the kinds of activities that would qualify and maintain a broad appeal to all citizens.

The Award for the previous calendar year will be presented during the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors in July. The deadline to submit nominations is June 1. Please use the electronic form below to instantly email your nomination to Crime Stoppers.  Or if you prefer, you may download the nomination form HERE and mail it to Crime Stoppers.

The winner will be notified by a member of the Crime Stopper’s Board of Directors. They will receive a monetary award of $500, a framed certificate, and their name will be engraved on a permanent plaque.

Learn more HERE.

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