Profile for Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers Association of Kitchener, Ontario
What We Do...
Crime Stoppers makes our community and schools safer through a unique principle that someone other than the criminal has information that could help solve a crime. Citizens call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) with information in an effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement agencies.
From 1987 to 2003:
Locally, information received by the Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers has led to 1,651arrests, 3,993 criminal charges, 149 weapons seized and 2,254 cases cleared. Nearly $29 million in drugs and stolen property have been recovered.
Since the inception of the Program, the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors has authorized the payment of $220,775.
How It Got Started...
Crime Stoppers was the brainchild of Canadian-born Greg MacAleese, a Detective with the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico. In 1976, Greg had run out of leads in a homicide investigation and out of frustration had appealed to the public for assistance. He went so far as to produce the first crime re-enactment, which was aired on local television, and also made available for radio and the press. Anyone providing information regarding this murder was to be eligible for a cash reward.
Within hours of the broadcast, an individual called in valuable information that resulted in the arrest and conviction of two suspects who were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
The growth has been dramatic with Crime Stoppers programs implemented in more than 1,100 communities worldwide. In November 1982, Calgary became the first Canadian city to start the program, followed by Edmonton in 1983. Hamilton was the first city in Ontario to implement the program and there are currently over 90 programs across Canada with over 39 programs in Ontario.
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Kitchener Waterloo Crime Stoppers
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