Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers Celebrates its 30th Anniversary with Crime Stoppers Conference

Did you know that March is Fraud Prevention Month and January was Crime Stoppers Month? Most of you will shake your head ‘no.’

That’s alright – when community members feel safe and don’t see the need to think about crime prevention or resolution on a daily basis is when the work of Crime Stoppers is truly impactful.

In 2016 alone, the Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers have received 1,357 tips and cleared 185 police cases. That’s $363,807 in recovered property and $459,011 in illegal narcotics taken off our streets!

Did you know that 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers? Over the last 30 years, the Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers have processed over 28 thousand calls and paid out over $362 thousand in monetary rewards.

Every penny of those rewards was fundraised by dedicated volunteers.

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This June, to celebrate the 30th anniversary, the Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers will host the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers Annual Training Conference. The conference will be attended by delegates from across the province and beyond.

This is an exceptional time to showcase the wonderful Waterloo Region, particularly as the conference theme is “Connected Communities.” There are 38 different Crime Stoppers branches throughout Ontario. Normally, a branch will have two years to plan and organize the conference – Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers are undertaking the project with a six-month timeline!

The Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers’ volunteer Board of Directors would like to invite local businesses to sponsor or contribute to the conference in order to make it a success and showcase the hospitality of the region. Let’s show the rest of the province how connected our community really is!

You can learn more at www.waterloocrimestoppers.com or by emailing conference@waterloocrimestoppers.com. Should you have a tip that can solve a crime, our phone lines are always open; just dial 1-800-222-TIPS.

Article written by: Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers Chair, Diana Elkin

 

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