The local chapter of Crime Stoppers has organized its first fund-raiser to solicit operational and promotional finances from Craig and Moffat County residents.
Moffat County Crime Stoppers is hosting a charity skeet shoot Saturday to raise money for its operation. The event will be at the Craig Trap Club.
"We're hoping for 30 or 40 shooters to turn out," said Craig Trap Club board treasurer Dick King. "We'll start a 1 p.m. and go all afternoon."
The trap club is donating its facility for the event.
The money raised will be used for the promotion and operation of the non-profit organization, said Stacey Mathers, vice president and secretary of the Moffat County Crime Stoppers board.
"This is our first attempt at getting our name out there, to let people know what we're trying to do," Mathers said. "We're hoping this will be an annual event, but it's our first time for anything. This is a test run and we hope we have good support, and that people enjoy themselves and turn out to support the program."
The program has received tips on crimes, but has not yet been asked for a reward, Mathers said.
Crime Stoppers is a cooperative effort between law enforcement agencies, the community and the media to assist in crime solving. The Crime Stoppers program in Moffat County is operated through an answering machine that records tips and distributes code numbers to callers.
If a tip leads assists in the solving of a case, the anonymous caller can use their code to collect a reward of up to $1,000.
Mathers said the funds raised will be used to cover the cost of registering as a part of the international Crime Stoppers network, create decals for businesses and individual supporters of the organization and fund promotional activities such as a booth at Grand Olde West Days.
The charity shoot costs $6 per shotgun, which covers 10 targets and a chance to win a prize. Contestants must be 18 years old, or have parental supervision.
Prizes include gift certificates and items donated by a variety of local businesses, including certificates to High Country Sports, Lube Plus and Cashway, and items from T&H parts and City Market.
The organization hopes to raise more than $400, Mathers said.
The Craig Police Department will also be distributing 200 free cable-style gun locks, along with educational information concerning firearms safety, as part of its involvement with the national Project HomeSafe project.