SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
January is Crime Stoppers Month, a time of the year where the DRPS puts a spotlight on the organization, to raise awareness and help solve crime.
The program has been successful in crime fighting and crime solving around the world. The success can be attributed to the countless volunteers, organizations, businesses, media, and law enforcement agencies that stand with Crime Stoppers.
DRPS Constable Dana Edwards said, “It is a collaboration between media, police, and the community, in order to provide information to the police that helps solve crimes.”
Although, the most important aspect of the program is the people who call crime stoppers with information and send in tips,
“Every little bit helps, as far as information for the police to investigate, and keeps the community safe,” Dana said.
She encourages any resident with information about a crime to report it to crime stoppers. It is 100 percent anonymous, and there is a cash incentive if the tip leads to an arrest.
“If somebody knows something, we would like them to call. It’s a great program to keep their community safe,” Dana said. “People are nervous. I’m sure, people do not call in for fear of retribution, but we do whatever we can to protect their anonymity, if they don’t tell us who they are we are not going to ask, we don’t want to know.”
Since its inception in 1986, Durham Region Crime Stoppers has paid out just over $257,000 in cash rewards, for tips which led to almost 3,800 arrests. Crime Stoppers is a not-for-profit organization; everything is funded through donations and fundraisers.
To kick off the year, the DRPS always focuses on an international theme. For this year the recognized theme is 'transitional organized crime'.
“There has been an increase in incidents of human trafficking, counterfeit goods, organized crime groups, and things like that,” Dana said.
To help combat crime, the Durham Region Crime Stoppers chapter is currently looking for volunteers.
Dana said, “We would like to improve our numbers so if we can get more community members, that would be great.”
She encourages people from various backgrounds to join Crime Stoppers. They prefer a diversified group of individuals.
To join Crime Stoppers, email email@example.com and express your interest in joining the organization. They are always looking for new members.
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