Apr 10, 2022
Crime Stoppers began in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when a university student was killed during a gas station robbery. After 6 weeks and no leads, a Canadian born police officer named Greg MacAleese, knowing that someone knew something but were afraid to come forward in fear of retaliation, came up with the idea to do a crime re-enactment and offered any callers with information complete anonymity and a reward. A local TV station aired the re-enactment and within days the case was solved. So began Crime Stoppers.
Today there are more than 1700 Crime Stoppers programs world wide in 3200 countries. More than 425,000 crimes have been solved since the program began.
Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers began in 1987 when Elise Clarke, a Kelowna City Councillor, and other civic minded citizens felt the need to create a local program. Talks began with the RCMP and a City of Kelowna program was created. In 1988 the program extended to become an RDCO program and Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers was born! Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers boundaries run from Oyama to Peachland with a unique partnership between the Regional District of Central Okanagan, who covers employee funding, and the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers Society who is in charge of program engagement and fundraising to support tip payouts and promotions.
The program remains successful after 35 years. The anonymity provided to tipsters continues to attract callers to provide information on criminal activity and wanted persons. We have received over 31,000 tips and been responsible for 3000 arrests, earning tipsters over $325,000 in rewards. We have been recognized by our peers repeatedly over the years for our successes.
We are always looking for community minded volunteers. If you're interested please contact our office.
~ Stay safe. Keep your family safe. Keep your community safe. ~