Last year was a record year for Regina Crime Stoppers.
The organization received a total of 1,088 tips in 2016, which was the highest ever received in their 32 year history.
Mayor Michael Fougere is happy to see the response from people around the city when it comes to reducing crime in Regina.
“We’re very pleased, clearly the public is engaged in providing tips to solve crime in our city, and to the extent that this is happening, very pleased to see that, and also happy to see we’re solving more crimes this way. It’s all about community policing and public engagement in police service.” Fougere said.
Deputy Chief of Police Dean Rae said community policing is one of the reasons for the success of the program.
“Community policing is being involved in the community, it’s building partnerships, it’s building relationships, it’s building trust. It’s that public trust and confidence in us to do our job, it’s engaging with the people and building that support and trust so that they will come to us with these tips.” Rae said.
Rae also said the Regina Police Service is happy to have Regina Crime Stoppers as a close partner.
“We’ve talked about our community engagement, and programs in the community that help us solve crime. Crime Stoppers is a prime example of that, it’s such a valuable asset not only to the community, but the Regina Police Service as well.”
The number of tips received increased by 6.6 per-cent over 2015, and has jumped an impressive 40 per cent since 2013.
President of Regina Crime Stoppers Laurie Norman said they believe the continued growth of the organization is also due to the great advertisement efforts they have put forward.
“I believe it’s because we have been doing a great job of advertising ourselves and getting our name out there. We went through a whole re-branding in 2014 and 2015, we’ve had a new launch of our website, we’ve introduced new material, and I have a fantastic board as well.”
Regina Police were able to make 17 arrests thanks to the assistance of Crime Stoppers and the public, and seize $30,500 in stolen or lost property.
Sixty-nine cases were also cleared and 23 rewards were handed out to the public.
Over the last 32 years, the Regina Police Service has been able to make 2,158 arrests with the assistance of Crime Stoppers, who has received a total of 19,283 tips since its inception.