Don Reid of P.E.I. Crime Stoppers, chats with Chief Superintendent Joanne Crampton, commanding officer of the RCMP on Prince Edward Island, during a recent event to raise awareness of the Crime Stoppers program on P.E.I. It allows Islanders to report information about a crime, or potential crime, without providing their name, and without fear of reprisal and earn a cash reward in the process.
P.E.I. Crime Stoppers is getting ready to announce a winner in the annual anti-bullying pink shirt design contest.
The winning design will be announced and displayed at the Charlottetown Islanders hockey team's home game with Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Thursday.
The contest comes on the heels of last month's Crime Stoppers awareness campaign.
Information provided to police by P.E.I. Crime Stoppers since its creation 20 years ago has helped clear 934 criminal cases and recover more than $2.5 million in stolen property and illegal drugs, says a report issued recently by the organization. The P.E.I. government gives Crime Stoppers a $10,000 grant annually.
“Public awareness is our greatest weapon against crime, so most of our revenue is spent on making sure people know how to reach us,” said Don Reid, president of P.E.I. Crime Stoppers.
He said the organization is always exploring opportunities to improve its profile on P.E.I.
The Island has the nation’s lowest violent-crime-severity index and the lowest rate in Canada per 100,000 residents for assault, robbery, drug trafficking, and vehicle theft, said the Crime Stoppers report.
For the annual anti-bullying campaign, Crime Stoppers works with the English and French language schools boards, plus ADL and the Charlottetown Islanders hockey club.
Players from the Islanders team have been travelling with Crime Stoppers staff, carrying an anti-bullying message to students across P.E.I. during February.
"We are hoping by working with the students we can raise awareness of bullying, what constitutes bullying and that this behaviour is not acceptable," said Phil Pitts, Crime Stoppers co-ordinator.
"It is hoped that together we can create a safer and better learning environment for the students and at the same time prevent those doing the bulling from going on to engage in more destructive antisocial behaviors as they get older.
"We are confident that by continuing this work students will more comfortable and confident in standing up for themselves, supporting others and knowing that there is help and support for them if they are victims of bullying. They certainly do not stand alone and the involvement of the school boards, ADL and the Charlottetown Islanders management and players is indicative of this support.”
To submit an anonymous tip about a crime or potential crime, call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit www.peicrimestoppers.com.
JUST THE FACTS
1 - Crime Stoppers began in Albuqerque, N.M. in 1975 following a murder.
2 - The toll free number, 1-800-222-TIPS, can reach various Crime Stoppers groups in Canada and the U.S.
3 - A volunteer board of directors administers the group.
4 - Crime Stoppers is a community project supported by donations of money, goods or services.
5 - A reward of up to $2,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.