Hamilton County Crime Stoppers is hosting a fund raiser which program officials hope will help offset operational costs of the program.
A radiothon will be held Friday from 9 to 10 a.m., broadcast on KQWC FM/AM Radio.
The radiothon format invites area residents to call in donations for the Crime Stoppers Program. During the hour-long broadcast, officials with Crime Stoppers will be on the air, discussing the program, according to Mary Harris, KQWC general manager and Crime Stoppers board member.
"We're going to try and make this a fun event with lots of good information about Crime Stoppers," she said. "In past radiothons, we've had challenges with everyone chipping in to bring in a larger amount."
Those wishing to contribute can call in during the program and make a donation via cash, check or MasterCard or Visa.
"We think this event is important because Crime Stoppers is really a community effort. It helps everybody in the community. This is a good way to get more people involved and raise awareness of how effective this service is," said Kathy Getting, a Crime Stoppers board member.
The funds raised will help pay for some of the group's operating expenses.
"We want to raise some funds to help offset some of our costs. The poster is not free and there is a fee for the electronic service that people can use with their cell phones," she said.
The Rev. Craig Blaufuss, another board member, said the Crime Stoppers program was an important tool to help keep communities in the county safe.
"The work of the Hamilton County Crime Stoppers is critical in raising awareness of how important it is to have safe communities," he said. "We want justice to be served and have our young people grow up in communities that are as free of crime and violence as possible," he said.
Law enforcement officials said they were pleased with how well the Crime Stoppers program was working.
"We've had three posters now, and I believe we've captured about 8 to 10 of the people on those posters," said Hamilton County Sheriff Denny Hagenson. "The tips are coming in."
While Hagenson said some of the individuals being sought may have left the state, those in the area shouldn't count on people protecting them.
"They don't have any friends out there," he said, pointing out the cash rewards offered. Rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to an arrest of the wanted individuals.
Matt Eimers with the Iowa State Patrol said troopers carry the Most Wanted posters in their vehicles.
"We've had people that we've stopped and brought back to our patrol vehicle that have identified subjects and given us information that have lead to an arrest," he said.