About our Program

The Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers Program began in 1984.  Brownwood businessman and owner of W.T. Harris Company, Barton Harris had a sincere respect for the Law Enforcement mission.  His involvement in local Law Enforcement led to many special honors over the years. In 1984, Barton served on the inaugural board for Brown County Crime Stoppers.  After relentless years of dedication, that Crime Stoppers unit was expanded to a multi-county unit to include Mills County and Coleman County and is now known as Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers.  Barton perished in an aviation accident in 2010, in Eagle County, CO.

With the ongoing collaborative efforts of community representatives, and Brown county, Coleman county and Mills county law enforcement agencies, the Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers operates as an independent organization.  The concept has developed into a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public.  Donations of airtime, newspaper space, and reward monies have established the Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers organization as an effective tool to fight crime in these areas.



Mission Statement

Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers is comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives.  Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community.

Who is Involved

Donna Wilhelm      Board President, Brown County
Mike Corley      Board Vice President, Brown County
Antonio Salazar      Board Member, Brown County
Brenda Arp      Board Secretary, Brown County
Chris Jamison      Board Member, Coleman County
Gay Morgan      Board Treasurer, Coleman County
Scotty Lawrence      Board Member, Coleman County
Larry Rutherford      Board Member, Coleman County
Paula Gore      Board Member, Mills County
Jo Nell Miller      Board Member, Mills County
Billy Arp      Coordinator, Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers
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