A record numbers of tips from the public propelled Regina Crime Stoppers to improvements in arrests, charges laid and cases cleared in 2019.
Regina Crime Stoppers President Craig Perrault announced at a media conference today that the anonymous service received 1,295 tips, an 8.6 percent increase over the previous record of 1,192 in 2017.
Tips received led to 25 arrests and 62 charged laid, increases from last year’s totals of 22 and 55 respectively. There was a dramatic jump of over 125% percent in cases cleared, rising to 52 from 23, another key success indicator.
“Our success in building a safe community is determined by our level of public engagement,” Perrault said. “We have tremendous support from Mayor Michael Fougere and Chief Evan Bray. Constable Janet Klemp, our Crime Stoppers police coordinator, has been absolutely stellar in performing her role.”
Regina Crime Stoppers provides a safe and anonymous way to provide information on criminal activity or missing people. Members of the public can call 1-800-222-TIPS, download our free P3 app in the Apple or Android store, or via our website.
“Today, we’re seeing more and more tips arrive from mobile, and we’ve also transitioned effectively to using social media through the use of Facebook.”
Perrault added the organization will keep building on its efforts to reach out more to people who may not be aware of the Crime Stoppers message, such as school children, teenagers and new Canadians.
“Thanks to our corporate partners, which include Cornwall Centre, Conexus Credit Union and SGI CANADA, we have evolved with a stronger focus on taking our message out broader to new communities,” he said. “If we can get a young person to call in a school threat or bullying situation or a new Canadian to trust that policing works in this country, then we are all doing our jobs.”
Perrault also stressed that the organization will need to continue to expand its presence to be sustainable and successful in the future.
“As we make more arrests and likely pay out more rewards, we are going to need to raise more resourcing to be sustainable in the long run as we receive no direct government or city funding,” Perrault said.
The public can donate to Regina Crime Stoppers at www.reginacrimestoppers.ca/donate or through the CanadaHelps.org platform. Charitable tax receipts are available.
Since its inception in 1984, over 11 million dollars in stolen property and drugs have been recovered with the help of Regina Crime Stoppers.
For further information please contact:
Craig Perrault, President
Regina Crime Stoppers
Phone: 306-525-8777 or 306-539-7528
Ron Podbielski, Executive Director
Regina Crime Stoppers