For the first time in its 40 years of existence, Crime Stoppers will be receiving provincial funding.
There are four chapters of Crime Stoppers in Alberta: Southern Alberta, Calgary, Central Alberta, Edmonton, and Northern Alberta.
It was announced yesterday that the organization will be receiving provincial funding in the amount of $850,000 over the next three years to help continue the crime prevention program.
The pandemic made it difficult for fundraising for the not-for-profit organization. Provincial Director, Holik says, “For the past 40 years, Crime Stoppers has played an integral role assisting law enforcement in solving and preventing crime. We are grateful to the Government of Alberta for their support so that we can continue to help our police partners reduce crime and make our communities safer.”
In 2020 alone, Crime Stoppers received 18,000 tips that led to 400 arrests and 1,724 charges laid. Also, $4.3 million in cash, drugs, and stolen property were recovered and seized.
Operating since 1982, Crime Stoppers is familiar to many Albertans who know if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Holik says, "We are a volunteer-led organization that has until now solely relied on private funding from private funding individuals and businesses. This grant will provide some unique opportunities however we will continue to fundraise in the community to payout TIP rewards."
To date, Crime Stoppers has authorized over $2.7 million in rewards provincewide.