Pubdate: Thu, 10 Jan 2008
Source: Summerland Review (CN BC)
Copyright: 2008 The Summerland Review
Bookmark: (Marijuana - Canada)


The Crime Stoppers statistics from Summerland for the past year are
both positive and disappointing.

There were 26 tips from the community over the past year, resulting in
four arrests, two cases cleared and seven charges laid.

In addition, because of the tips received, police seized more than
$171,000 worth of drugs in the community in 2007.

The tips and the resulting action are proof the Crime Stoppers program
is working.

Those who have tips about a crime are able to report them anonymously.
Cash rewards are given for tips leading to the arrest of a suspect.

People are using the service and as a result, police are receiving
information they need.

At the same time, we wonder if more people in the community have
information they could give Crime Stoppers.

The value of drugs seized in Summerland may appear high, but it does
not reflect the entire illegal drug activity in the community.

Police have taken down marijuana grow operations and have arrested
dealers of marijuana and other illegal drugs, but despite these
efforts, there is still drug trafficking and drug production in
Summerland and beyond.

Our police detachment is making an effort to address drug abuse and
substance abuse issues. In order to enforce drug laws - and in order
to combat other criminal activity - the police need the help and
support of the community.

Crime Stoppers is asking for funding to hire a full-time

This would help publicize and promote this program and could result in
more tips about unsolved crimes.

In addition, we urge the public to call Crime Stoppers at
1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) to provide information on crimes.
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