One of the main reasons Crimestoppers has been so effective at fighting crime has been the spirit of collaboration shared by our staff, law enforcement, and our board of directors.
Executive Director - Darlene Cusanza. The day-to-day management of the organization is the responsibility of the executive director. The current executive director has served in this capacity for the past ten years. Prior to joining Crimestoppers, she held a top administrative position for the Society of Louisiana CPAS, a statewide not-for-profit for twelve years. She also holds a Bachelors degree from L.S.U.M.C. – School of Allied Health Professions. Under her leadership, Crimestoppers has been awarded a national Crimestoppers Media Award, the F.B.I. Regional Director’s Award, and awards of recognition from local crime fighting organizations. The executive director also currently serves as the President of the Louisiana Crime Stoppers Association and is a founding member.
Administrative Personnel - In addition to the executive director, the staff consists of an administrative assistant, a volunteer certified public accountant who serves as the treasurer/book keeper, and a safe school program manager.
Law Enforcement - Crimestoppers receives support from all of the law enforcement agencies in which we serve. The primary law enforcement liaison is with New Orleans Police Department.
New Orleans Police Department Crimestoppers Coordinators - Officer Juan Barnes: 837-8477
Jefferson Parish Coordinator - Lt. Bruce Harrison: 364-5360
Oversight of Crimestoppers is the responsibility of the Board of Directors. A diverse group of 40 citizens and business leaders representing the communities we serve makes up the Board of Directors.
A Board member’s term begins with a three year commitment. At the end of the three years, he or she may be elected to serve another one, two or three year term or may move up to the Executive Board. If a member moves up to the Executive Board, they may serve as many as six years as they rotate up to the presidency. Members from law enforcement may also serve on the Crimestoppers Board in an advisory capacity.
Currently, we have members from Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
A second group called The Board of Trustees represents 18 business and civic leaders who serve in a fundraising and advisory capacity. A Trustee may serve for as long as they desire, once appointed to the Board.