Texas Crime Stoppers organizations are community-based partnerships formed by dedicated citizens, law enforcement, and the media. They work together toward a common goal: the reduction of crime and the arrest and conviction of criminals and fugitives statewide. Local Crime Stoppers organizations are designed to serve as a vehicle for citizens to relay criminal information to law enforcement agencies while remaining anonymous. Since its inception in 1981, Texas Crime Stoppers has grown from 8 certified organizations to approximately 150 certified community and campus organizations. These organizations are run by dedicated volunteers, making it a cost-effective tool in preventing and solving crime.
The Texas Department of Public Safety's Missing and Unidentified Persons Online Bulletin is supported by the Texas DPS Missing Persons Clearinghouse and the Unidentified Persons and DNA unit. Their site features individual searchable bulletins regarding missing persons, abductors, runaways, traveling companions, and unidentified persons discovered in Texas. Each bulletin includes photographs (if available), descriptors, and other information regarding the circumstances of the person's disappearance or discovery.