Austin, Texas (KWTX) – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that 2022 was a record year, with the highest number of most wanted offenders arrested in a single year since the program began in 1993.
“Last year, DPS, working with state, federal, local and Mexican authorities, arrested a record 72 fugitives and sex offenders. This is more than double the previous record from the previous year,” said DPS.
“Public safety is a top priority for the state of Texas, and I am proud of the courageous DPS soldiers and law enforcement partners who contributed to this record-breaking feat,” said Gov. Greg Abbott.
“Through the Texas 10 Most Wanted program, our brave law enforcement men and women have taken some of the most dangerous criminals off our streets and made our communities safer for all Texans. Texas will always be a law-and-order state, and together we’re making sure it stays that way,” Abbott said.
The state agency paid $88,000 in reward money for anonymous tips that led to arrests, officials said.
“The success of this program is largely due to the public speaking out and letting law enforcement know the whereabouts of these criminals,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
The 72 people arrested in 2022 include 34 convicted sex offenders and 24 gang members — the most in the program’s history.
In addition to the vast majority of arrests of all time, the program also set several other new records for most cleared warrants (220) and most out-of-state arrests (14). These included arrests in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon and Mexico.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sexual Offenders lists who pose the greatest threat to public safety in the state. The current lists – with photos – can be found on the DPS website.
Texas Crime Stoppers, funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers rewards to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 most wanted fugitives or sex offenders.
entitled to cash rewardstipster MUST Providing information to authorities using one of the following three methods:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about and then clicking the link below their picture.
- Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SEND TIP” link (below the About section).
All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted – and tipsters get a tip number instead of using a name.
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