Presidents Message 2017

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President’s Message 2017

 

“Fingerprinting, DNA and Crime Stoppers are the top three innovations
in modern-day policing.”
Retired Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, OPP Commissioner Thomas B. OGrady

 

2016 was the 40th anniversary of the inception of Crime Stoppers. A transplanted Canadian, Greg McAleese came up with the idea of anonymous tips with a reward. In those 40 years programs have been started in over 1500 communities around the world. 965,000 arrests, 1.5 million cases cleared, $117,562,941 in rewards and $9 billion in drugs seized. Quite the accomplishments by programs run by volunteers with the assistance of media, law enforcement and of course community members who call in anonymously. As we get no government funding we can’t exist without the financial support we receive from our donors and we appreciate their continued support. Also we thank the services that provide our coordinators who take calls and promote our cause.

Locally we continue to take our message to the public and our communities, which number over 150 in the two counties. We participated in Racing Against Drugs with grade five students and ran a successful safe social media video contest with the high schools. Winning students won gift cards or iPads. The winning team had students from Oakridge and St. Thomas Aquinas. We plan on another media contest in 2017. We attended Comic Con and handed out the new comic book designed by Richard Comely with the new character The Crime Stopper working with Captain Canuck, who is also celebrating 40 years. Our Jailathon and golf tournament were successful with reports included.

I recently heard a statement that communities can control the crime rate. Upon reflection I believe that is partly true. If you want safe communities you need to be involved in the process and Crime Stoppers is an important part of that process. The other part is law enforcement and their efforts in investigating the information provided. What Crime Stoppers does is a great example of Community Engagement. Our local statistics show that partnering and community engagement is a proven way to ensure safer neighbourhoods and ownership.

Criminals follow no rules and use any means and devices to commit crime. Technology has allowed them to do this around the world and from anywhere they wish. Phone frauds are increasing, human trafficking is not going away and preying on the vulnerable sectors of our communities is on the rise. It is important that citizens keep an eye, report suspicious activity and assist agencies in the fight against these unlawful events and harm against their neighbours. I would suggest that it is our duty as concerned citizens. There are consequences arising from inaction.

Moving forward we trust that we continue to have cooperation from our community partners in the reporting, solving and prevention of crime. London Elgin Middlesex Crime Stoppers will be an integral part as we have been for the last 30 years.

I want to thank our volunteer board for their dedication, work and ideas. We can’t fulfill our role without you. To our general members, thank you for your time helping in our events.

Al Gibson
President