Crime Stoppers Awareness Month

Crime Stoppers Awareness Month

Crime Stoppers is a community based program that brings local citizens, the media and the police together in partnership to solve crime. This is accomplished by offering cash rewards and guaranteeing anonymity to persons who furnish information leading to the arrest of or laying of charges against criminal offenders.

PROGRAM HISTORY – Crime Stoppers began on Sept. 8th 1976 in Albuquerque New Mexico, following the senseless murder of a young university student. After 6 weeks of investigation without success, a local Canadian born detective named Greg MacAleese appealed to the public for information. Greg and a local TV station made a re-enactment of the murder and asked for anyone with information to call him. Greg guaranteed anonymity and offered a cash reward. Within 3 hours of the broadcast the detective received his first call with information. Within 72 hours two individuals were arrested and the case was cleared!

LOCAL PROGRAM HISTORY – Chatham Kent Crime Stoppers began on April 13th 1987. It is a joint effort between the public, the media and the police . Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers was originally established by the first co-ordinator Cst Dennis Poole of the Chatham Police Service. He recruited the first board of directors from the communities of Kent County and promoted the program through the media. The reason that this program continues to enjoy world-class success is because of the tremendous teamwork of the media, the public and the police in our community. This is a perfect example of their motto “together we can make it happen”.

If you have any information regarding a crime call CRIME STOPPERS at 519-351-8477, or 1-800-222-8477, text CRIMES (274637) keyword CKCS, or visit and email your tip.

Crime Stoppers guarantees your anonymity, we never ask for your name or your phone number. WE pay cash for YOUR tips.