Crime Stoppers is a community program. It is also a tool to reduce and solve crime within the school and the greater community. The program can be utilized within secondary schools, colleges and universities.
The Student Program: Structure and Activities
London-Elgin-Middlesex Crime Stoppers encourages our Student Crime Stoppers programs to start and maintain promotion and awareness programs within their schools or on campus. The programs function in conjunction with our local program, i.e., London-Elgin-Middlesex Crime Stoppers supports your student program. The Student Crime Stoppers Committee in some of our schools acts alone with a teacher-advisor. In some schools, they are supported as a branch of students council. Some of our schools do not have committees, but have one or two people looking after the program. We believe it certainly helps to have more than one person running a student program because it helps to have more than one person doing all the legwork and brainstorming. But we are open to hearing your ideas on how to bring Crime Stoppers to YOUR school.
Student Crime Stoppers acts as a deterrent against crime in your school. Students may think twice before they decide to commit a criminal act or cause a disruption at school because they know that the power to act lies with the students. Students have an anonymous vehicle through the Crime Stoppers tips line to report a crime. Students now have a CHOICE.
Students involved in the Promotion and Awareness Program may:
- Hold planning meetings on a regular basis.
- Promote the program (posters, brochures)
- Advertise a school-based Crime of the Week.
- Attend training conferences and seminars (Local and Provincial).
- Organize promotional events, show re-enactments, film or record their own re-enactments (You can show your re-enactments in the cafeteria at lunch)
- Promoting Crime Stoppers does not require a great deal of time but the positive results are great, and fun!
Crime Stoppers understands that both staff and students have very busy agendas. An awareness program will fit nicely into your timetable at school. An awareness program is an excellent investment of your time.
Students Calling Crime Stoppers
Students are encouraged to call police directly if they have information on any crime. If a student wishes to remain anonymous because of fear of reprisals, the 1-800-222-TIPS number can be called from any pay phone or cell free of charge. (Though airtime or minutes are used on a cell, but are not billed). All our callers are treated equally, regardless of age. Callers are given a code number in order to remain anonymous and asked to call Crime Stoppers back with that code number for an update on their information. The principal or vice principal may be contacted when a tip is received in relation to the school. The police or another investigative agency may also be contacted, depending on the severity of the crime that the tip relates to. If the tip results in a successful conclusion the caller is eligible for a cash reward.
Common School Tips
Drugs (possession, trafficking), property crimes (vandalism, theft, car theft, break and enter), and violent crimes, (carrying weapons, assaults, threatening, robbery, bullying, domestics). These are all considered crimes!
What Student Crime Stoppers is NOT
- Student Crime Stoppers is NOT a ratting program – its a confidential avenue for you to keep your school safe.
- Student Crime Stoppers is NOT a police program – we are a citizens’ group that gives tips to investigating agencies.
- Student Crime Stoppers is NOT a tip box set up in an office. All tips are treated very seriously.
- Students DO NOT receive tips and Students DO NOT give out rewards.