Nov 23, 2021
Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers has again been recognized by its crime-fighting peers around the world.
This morning, Crime Stoppers International, the global non-profit organization announced its annual awards for outstanding local Crime Stoppers programs. Of the hundreds of Crime Stoppers programs in countries around the world, Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers has received the award for Productivity – Total Property and Drugs Recovered in the up to 300,000 population category.
Coordinator Gerry Guiltenane says “We are extremely pleased to be the recipient of this International Award. It recognizes the efforts of the citizens of the Central Okanagan. our media partners and the diligent work of the RCMP members in solving crime and keeping our communities safe.”
Since its inception in 1987, Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers has received over 30,000 tips resulting in more than 2900 arrests, the recovery of stolen property valued at almost $5.2-million and over $88-million worth of illegal drugs.
Crime Stoppers is an international program that empowers the public to fight back against crime by submitting an anonymous tip using the tips line (1-800-222-8477). If that tip leads to an arrest, the individual may receive a reward of up to $2,000 for their efforts. Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers programs also include:
‘Turn in a Tagger’ graffiti program
Fortis energy theft program.
The Crime Stopper program is provided by the non-profit, volunteer supported Central Okanagan Crime Stopper Society in partnership with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.