Partnerships said to be key to Crime Stoppers program

A Crime Stoppers flag was raised in Governor Simcoe Square on Jan. 7 to signify National Crime Stoppers Month. On site for the event were OPP Insp. Joseph Varga, Crime Stoppers chairperson Neil Unwin, Crime Stoppers treasurer Richard Maude, and county clerk Andy Grozelle. Ashley Taylor/Delhi News Record jpg, DN

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Partnerships are key to the success of the Crime Stoppers program.

As such, the theme of this year’s Crime Stoppers Month is creating partnerships against crime.

“Crime Stoppers’ mandate is to have partnerships with law enforcement, the media, and the community,” said Chairperson Neil Unwin. “Our goal this year is to continue those partnerships, enhance them, but also to create new partnerships with other agencies or members of the community.”

As a result of their partnership with local police, Haldimand Norfolk Crime Stoppers has helped lead to the arrests of over 2,000 people since 1988. These tips have led to $42.5 million in drugs seized and $5.7 million of property recovered.

Norfolk County is marking this month by flying a Crime Stoppers flag at Governor Simcoe Square. The flag-raising ceremony was held Jan. 7.

“Crime Stoppers is an invaluable tool,” said Norfolk OPP Inspector Joseph Varga. “It allows every citizen to assist in policing their community anonymously. A lot of people don’t want their name out there but they’re willing to report information, this gives them a venue to do it.”

Crime Stoppers is run entirely by volunteers and donations. Anyone looking to donate time or money can contact them through the website.

To submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers contact them at 1-800-222-8477 or visit the website at www.helpsolvecrime.com.

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