You’ve seen the public service announcements…You’ve sent in the tips…And you know the catch phrase
But do you know the man behind crime stoppers?
Meet Joe Gaines…
Joe began his career in law enforcement 38 years ago with the South Burlington police before he joined the U.S. Marshals.
Thursday was Joe’s final day as Senior Inspector at the U.S. Marshal’s office in Burlington.
But he can certainly remember his first day on the job- “the first day on this job I didn’t really know in depth what we did here. So it was exciting because it was new and I didn’t really know what was ahead of me…But I found out.” Said Gaines.
While Gaines was making a name for himself at the office, hunting down fugitives…He soon became a household name.
All thanks to a regular public service announcement on local 44 called “crime-stoppers”.
Joe regularly asks viewers to help nab a suspect with his signature phrase, “Remember we want your information…Not your name.”
And his plans for retirement?
Gaines says “no work plans for the time being I enjoy the fall season the most, and for at least the next couple of months I’m going to hike, fish, motorcycle, golf and then look for something part time.”
You’ll still see Gaines however. He will continue to record crime stoppers PSA’s for a while.