Crime Stoppers organization honors local deputy

Crime Stoppers organization honors local deputy

Hidalgo County Deputy Jorge Cabrera was honored by Crime Stoppers for his bravery in saving lives during a fiery Alton car accident.

“It’s my job to provide this service to our community,” said Jorge Cabrera, the Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy who was honored for saving two people from a dangerous car accident last year.

“We’ve realized as persons that it’s a job. But [officers] go a little above and beyond,” said Alma Cortéz, the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers president.

Cortéz said everyday people can also go above and beyond when reporting crime to help keep their own community safe.

She said the biggest crimes in Hidalgo County reported to the tip line has been information about burglaries and stash houses. She said people are feeling comfortable reporting these crimes.

“Last year we did receive the award for most cases cleared in Hidalgo County,” Cortéz said.

Cabrera, who has been a deputy for two and a half years had been a dispatcher before patrolling the streets. He knows first-hand how much of a help the community can be.

“We cannot be successful without our citizens reporting any type of illegal activity going on,” Cabrera said.

Tips taken by the Crime Stoppers tip line are totally anonymous, and rewards are handed out for tips that lead to an arrest.

The crime tip line is 956-668-T-I-P-S (8477). Reporting crimes can also be done with the P-3 Tip App for smartphones.

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