Alberta Crime Stoppers receives provincial funding

Provincial Director of Crime Stoppers, Mark Holik

A provincial task force on crime prevention will be created

The Government of Alberta is investing $850,000 in front-line crime prevention by funding Alberta Crime Stoppers for the first time.

The volunteer-run nonprofit will receive $350,000 this year and $500,000 over the next two years to continue its crime prevention efforts and create an independent crime prevention task force nationwide of the province.

In 2020, Crime Stoppers received 18,000 tips which led to 400 arrests, 1,724 charges laid and the recovery and seizure of $4.3 million in stolen cash, drugs and property.

Successful crime prevention requires community involvement, and Crime Stoppers has done a tremendous job of encouraging citizens to take an active role in preventing and reporting crime. This funding will allow them to continue to help keep neighborhoods across Alberta safesaid Justice Minister Tyler Shandro in a statement.

Alberta Crime Stoppers has four chapters: Southern Alberta, Calgary, Central Alberta and Edmonton and Northern Alberta.

The first Crime Stoppers organization in Canada was founded in Calgary in 1982.

Crime Stoppers is known to many Albertans who know that if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Mark M. Gagnon