As Crime Stoppers month continues around the world, the Durham Regional Crime Stoppers program is celebrating 20 successful years in the Durham Region.
Crime Stoppers works in partnership with the police, the community and the media, giving residents the opportunity to report information anonymously. It has proven to be an invaluable tool in helping Durham Police with the fight against crime. In 2005 alone, calls to the Crime Stoppers hotline led to 225 charges, 57 arrests and officers were able to clear 80 cases.
Over the past 20 years DRCS has received over 16,000 tips leading to 6,468 charges and 2,556 arrests. Durham Police have seized almost $55 million worth of drugs and stolen property as a result of Crime Stoppers information.
Established in 1986, Durham Regional Crime Stoppers is responsible for many successful public awareness campaigns in Durham, including the marihuana grow home brochure and the Campus Crime Stoppers program. DRCS took the lead on raising the maximum reward for tips from $1,000 to $2,000 and a recent Trillium Foundation grant will give DRCS the tools to produce video crime re-enactments.
Police Chief Vern White calls Crime Stoppers "an invaluable tool" that helps police officers solve crimes.
"One of the challenges in policing is dealing with people who just don't want to get involved," he says. "Everyone has a personal responsibility to help keep their community safe and Crime Stoppers allows that interaction with the public in an anonymous, safe way."
DRPS would like to congratulate Durham Regional Crime Stoppers and all its community partners on their many accomplishments over the past 20 years.
For more information please visit the Crime Stoppers area on our Web site.
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