It’s a program that’s cleared over 3,350 cases in Durham Region and is credited with over 3,300 arrests. It has been responsible for removing over $71 million worth of drugs off our streets and for recovering over $6.7 million in stolen property.
Durham Regional Crime Stoppers has an impressive track record and remains an active and important community safety option in this its 26th year of operation.
DRPS Chief Constable Mike Ewles has high praise for this important crime fighting resource.
“Crime Stoppers empowers people and enables them to stand up against crime in a safe way. It allows citizens to fight against the deterioration of neighbourhoods without fear of reprisal,” he says, “I can tell you, as a police officer, when you are working a difficult case with few leads, those tip packages are a welcome sight.”
Current Crime Stoppers board chair, Mary Shea, states that “Durham Regional Crime Stoppers works to help stop, solve and prevent crime - our statistics prove it. The key to the effectiveness of Durham Regional Crime Stoppers is our successful partnerships in the community. We have been working together with the public, the media and the Durham Regional Police Service for over 25 years to help keep our community safe. We appreciate the enthusiastic support of our partners. Together we make a difference in our community!”
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit, non-police organization that pays cash for anonymous tips. The program encourages the public to communicate information regarding illegal activity. Crime Stoppers will share this information with the police or other agencies to assist in their investigations.
The toll free number is 1-800-222-8477 or visit www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca on the web.
When citizens contact the Crime Stoppers program, they are assigned a special code number, which is used to identify them in all future dealings with the Crime Stoppers program. These citizens will only be known by their code number. If the information provided leads to a charge or an arrest, the tipster may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
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