Celebrating Informants during Gray Bruce Crime Stoppers Month

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Crime Stoppers is a community-based program that uses the media, police and the public to help solve crime and improve and maintain quality of life.

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A press release issued by the nonprofit group celebrating Crime Stoppers Month said the benefits of the program to the 17 municipalities in Bruce and Gray counties are “huge and far reaching.”
From 2017 to 2021, information received from the public resulted in 138 arrests, 518 charges laid and the recovery of more than $ 630,000 in property and cash. In addition, anonymous denunciations took $ 1.5 million worth of illicit drugs off the streets.

Crime Stoppers said the basic need of law enforcement personnel is a constant flow of information from the same people they have sworn to protect, and one of the motivators is the reward.

The Crime Stoppers organization is designed to provide law enforcement with the information needed to solve crimes. It also caters to the needs of those who want to help but don’t want to get involved.

Anyone with information about a crime can call the toll-free number 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip to CSTIP.ca, or use a P3 app.

Informants are assigned a PIN number to use in all future Crime Stoppers transactions. Appellants will not be invited or expected to identify themselves and will not have to appear in court.

The information provided by the public is transmitted, anonymously, to the police who use it to investigate and possibly to arrest, charge and recover stolen goods.

Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers if the information they provide leads to the laying of charges or the recovery of property.

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To encourage the public to call, Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, does not have * 69 capability, and does not record voice conversations.

Gray Bruce Crime Stoppers is not a police program or a government backed organization. Crime Stoppers is run by volunteers and a board of directors who run the program, fundraise, and manage the payout of informant rewards.
Gray Bruce Crime Stoppers provides a real-time platform for changing crime trends as they evolve, exemplified by initiatives instituted with COVID-19. Crime Stoppers contacted local police and other agencies and provided an anonymous whistleblower line that could provide relief to local 9-1-1 dispatchers while relaying information about the violations.
New trends in drugs such as fentanyl and its trafficking processes can be quickly discovered through anonymous counseling.

A recent report from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation concluded that this country may be at an important turning point and that the next two years will be a critical time for calculating race relations in Canada.
In response, Gray Bruce’s Crime Stoppers is running a promotional and advertising campaign called “Hate is not anonymous – but your call is.”

Citizens can now anonymously report information about racism or groups or individuals motivated by hate.

Gray Crime Stoppers Bruce is always grateful to its volunteer base, sponsors and donors who support fundraising events and the management of the Board of Directors.

Mark M. Gagnon