Project Safe City is a program that integrates the private sector of our community with local law enforcement. The private sector provides money for law enforcement agencies to use to solve crimes.
There are many unsolved crimes in the files of the local law enforcement agencies. When a case is not solved within a reasonable length of time, leads diminish, the trail becomes cold, and it becomes increasingly more difficult to solve.
Sometimes, people have information about a crime without being aware of it. Witnesses may not contact authorities because of fears of reprisal. In other instances, they may not know who to contact. Project Safe City allows law enforcement agencies to raise public awareness. This program uses television and the media to use the power of the people to bring closure to unsolved cases.
Project Safe City's Board of Directors determines the "Crime of the Week" for airing on KTTC television's Friday broadcasts. A reward of up to $1,000 could be awarded to citizens whose information leads to an arrest or charges being filed against the suspect of the unsolved crime. The amount of the reward will be determined by the Board of Directors based on the crime involved and the information the investigator receives. If more than one caller submits valuable information, the reward money will be divided.
A special 24 hour phone line has been established to connect the caller with someone who can take their information to the appropriate person. The caller remains anonymous. He is issued a call number by the person who answered the phone. The caller is then known by that Code Number during all subsequent contacts.
If you have any information regarding any unsolved crime, call (507) 328-6888 for Project Safe City and help keep Rochester a "Safe City". If you are interested in donating to the reward fund as a business owner or citizen of Rochester you may contact the Chairman of the Board, Jerry Watson at (507) 288-4444, E-mail the Crime Prevention Unit or call them at (507)328-6890.