Pubdate: Wed, 04 Jan 2006
Source: Barrie Advance, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2006 Metroland Printing, Publishing and Distributing


January 2006 marks Crime Stoppers Month.

Each January, Crime Stoppers programs around the world celebrate Crime
Stoppers Month, to highlight success and promote their crime fighting

The official launch of Crime Stoppers Month this year will be held
internationally at 11 a.m. on January 10. Crime Stoppers of
Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka will mark the occasion, on a date yet to be
determined, with a flag-raising at Barrie City Hall.

2006 is extremely significant for Crime Stoppers since it's the 30th
anniversary of the first program, established in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This year also brought some major achievements for Crime Stoppers
around the world.

Crime Stoppers International, the umbrella organization for all Crime
Stoppers programs, was granted Special Consultative Status by the
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

As a non-governmental organization of NGO representative, CSI is
lending its expertise to the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime and has
already attended meetings in Vienna and Mexico.

Steve Walrath, the president of Crime Stoppers International, said
cumulative statistics from the more than 1,200 programs in some 20
countries worldwide have also resulted in the seizure of drugs and
recovery of stolen property totalling in excess of $7.6 billion.

The 102 programs in Canada are responsible for some $2 billion of that
total, according to Ralph Page, chair of the Canadian Crime Stoppers

Page said other achievements in Canada include an endorsement of Crime
Stoppers in August from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
and Calgary hosting the 2005 international Crime Stoppers training

The number of Crime Stoppers programs continues to expand across
Canada and the United States with the latest being launched in Coles
County, Illinois as part of Crime Stoppers Month.

There has also been tremendous success with Crime Stoppers programs
throughout Canada, the U.S. as well as in other parts of the world.

The program in Sweetwater, Texas not only takes tips, but also
sponsors the McGruff Dog program, Neighbourhood Watch, home security
surveys and the Nolan County alert for wanted criminals.

The Crime Stoppers program in Southern Oregon has been cooperating
with the local media in a Meth Watch program designed to combat the
manufacture and sale of Methamphetamines in the state. In one week
alone, 13 people were arrested on meth-related charges and welfare
officials removed nine children from homes that had been turned into
meth labs.

Each week, Crime Stoppers programs are making appeals to identify
suspects in a wide range of incidents from murders to robberies and
break-ins to sexual assaults.
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