Put simply it's a three part approach to solving the crime problem. CRIME STOPPERS relies on cooperation between the media, the police, and the community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.
Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or the recovery of stolen or crime property (Drugs), the program encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide information.
There are three ways that you can get a tip to Crime Stoppers here in Campbell River, by using the phone, web / internet & the mobile P3 Tips App. We also have a secure hyper-link button on our Facebook page.
In all cases the Campbell River Civilian Coordinator receiving the information researches the tip and then passes the information on to an investigating Police Officer or Agency suited to the information. Crime Stoppers is not a Police Agency or run by the Police.
The Phone Call
Calls are received on a 24 hour basis by trained personnel at our dedicated call center. Our office phone does not provide caller ID, and conversations are not recorded.
The process is completely secure and anonymous and is a very effective and efficient means of safely communicating with us in today's world.
The unique integrated Two-Way Dialog capabilities allow the tipster to come back and provide additional information to their tip at any time, but also provides a secure means for the coordinator to ask questions or provide reward information back to the tipster through the same secure and encrypted interface.
P3 Tips Mobile App
Our newest feature & allows you to conveniently submit a secure tip directly from your mobile phone by downloading this app via Google Play or the App Store.
Facebook has proved to be the one most valuable tools in the fight against crime here in Campbell River. There is a secure link on the front page and the means to send a direct message to the Crime Stoppers coordinator. Be aware that if you wish to remain anonymous, please leave your comments off any of the social media public pages.
Structure and Funding of CRIME STOPPERS
Established in 1990, the Campbell River CRIME STOPPERS program is funded by private donations and supported by the City of Campbell River and the RCMP. The reward money paid out by the program is from the fund raising and donations from concerned citizens and businesses.
A civilian community "Board of Directors" provides direction as to the financial and promotional activities of the program and is vital to the program’s success. The Current Board of Directors is made up of 7 people from the Campbell River area. They meet quarterly to decide on the size of rewards to be paid for eligible tips, up to $2,000. Rewards are then distributed in a private manner to the callers. At no time is the identity of the tipster known to any Board member during this Process.
Does CRIME STOPPERS Work?
The answer is quite simply yes. Since the start of CRIME STOPPERS, many calls have been received resulting in thousands of arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of property. Calls have included information about murder, robbery, rape, assaults, drug and firearm offenses.
The success of a CRIME STOPPERS program cannot be purely judged on statistics, however, other benefits have come to notice:
CRIME STOPPERS is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by police as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information.