|(Schertz) -- Law enforcement leaders from across the state of Texas will again find themselves in Guadalupe County for this year's 30th Annual Texas Crime Stoppers Annual Conference. The conference begins today and runs through Wednesday at the Schertz Civic Center.|
Ken Kiel, chairman of the Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers, says the group is excited and honored to be hosting back to back conferences for the statewide organization. The annual conference was hosted in the city of Seguin last year.
Kiel says since taking shape in October 2010, Guadalupe County's efforts to fight crime have not gone unnoticed.
"We've really sort of crept up the respect ladder with the state Crime Stoppers staff. Not only are we the first ones to have back to back (conferences) but this year, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary with the Texas State Crime Stoppers Conferences so it's an honor to do that. We did a really really good job in Seguin last year so we set the bar high for ourselves this year and also for different organizations that host a conference in years to come. So, we are really trying to make it special since it's the 30th anniversary this year," said Kiel.
The group will kick off the event with an opening ceremony featuring the Victim's Candle. The candle honors the victims of crime during the past year. The local group will also focus in on the unsolved murder case of well known Schertz businessman Henry Gutierrez. Gutierrez was murdered on Dec. 24, 2015. The case still carries a reward of up to $75,000.
Kiel says the conference will also feature special guests from around the country plus a dinner and music concert.
"We are doing some cool stuff. Again, we are flying in some impressive speakers. We are hosting a big event at Bluebonnet Palace. It will be a private party for all the Crime Stoppers attendees so Bluebonnet Palace is going to be hopping tonight. We are actually bringing in a Nashville recording artist Coffey Anderson and his band. I've had a chance to see him a couple of times and he is a very impressive entertainer so we wanted to make it special this year and have the 30th anniversary really kick off with a great concert by Coffey Anderson," said Kiel.
The conference gets underway today at noon. Helping to welcome guests will be dignitaries from Schertz, Guadalupe County and the state of Texas.