Savannah-Chatham County CrimeStoppers announced this morning that 30-year law enforcement veteran Larry Branson will serve as the program’s new director.
The Savannah native spent his career with Savannah Police Department and retired in 2015 as the senior major responsible for the patrol division.
“We are fortunate to have Larry as our new director. Our mission to solve crime is one that is better served by a leader who understands the importance of tapping into neighborhoods and reaching those who may be too afraid to talk and have something to share with police,” said Andrew Davis, board chairman, Savannah-Chatham County CrimeStoppers.
"The purpose of Savannah-Chatham County CrimeStoppers is to prevent and reduce crime, by forming a partnership among the community, law enforcement and the media to offer anonymity and cash rewards to anyone providing information leading to an arrest," a spokesperson for the group says.
“Because offering a tip to CrimeStoppers is completely anonymous, everyday people can be amazing superheroes – and just like Batman or Superman, their identity remains completely anonymous. I believe that tipsters are nameless super heroes and tipsters are not snitches instead they reap the riches,” says Branson, director, Savannah-Chatham County CrimeStoppers.
In June 2019, the CrimeStoppers Board of Directors appointed Branson to manage day-to-day operations of the organization, to determine all reward payments, and be the face of CrimeStoppers.
“CrimeStoppers continues to serve as a clearinghouse for information sharing among regional law enforcement agencies. As crime and criminals know no jurisdictional boundaries, and as our technology advances, we will continue to avail every opportunity to share tips with our local, state and regional partners in a timely manner,” adds Branson. “I look forward to working with our area governments, civic groups, and law enforcement leaders in strengthening our partnerships and working together to create a safe and secure community.”
Branson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a minor in political science from then-Armstrong State College. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia Southern University. Branson also has 22 years of teaching experience at both institutions.