The post-Christmas weather outside was still frightful, but the news inside the Regina Police Service was so delightful, as Regina Crime Stoppers celebrated a record year for public tips in 2016.
President Laurie Norman announced at a January 4th news conference that the public had submitted 1,088 tips last year, a 6.6 per cent increase over 2015, and a remarkable 40 per cent jump over 2013. The tips helped clear 69 cases that resulted in 17 arrests, and some $30,500 in stolen property and drugs recovered.
Norman said that greater efforts at rebranding Crime Stoppers and tools such as a new website had increased visibility, but also stressed that the results come from many stakeholders working together.
“Our community partners — the Regina Police Service, the local media, the business community and the public — truly make our success possible.”
Mayor Michael Fougere added that “clearly the public is very engaged in providing tips to solve crimes in our city. We’re very pleased to see that.”
Regina Crime Stoppers also used the event, which attracted a full turn-out of the local media, to recognize the support of its community partners. An award was presented to Brian Shankowsky, Executive Director, Regina Trades and Skills Centre, to recognize its outstanding administrative support, including providing a venue for Board and Executive Meetings.
Deputy Police Chief Dean Rae added that the 69 cases cleared in 2016 only capture part of the success story generated by public tips.
“If we sometimes get information about an individual committing a break-in and we’re able through investigation to solve 10 break-ins, then that one tip was able to solve 10 crimes,” Rae said. “People see the importance of working with Police to solve crime.”
Norman added that her energetic and enthusiastic Board, as well as many community partners, were looking forward to moving the bar even further in 2017. And that’s good news, as Mayor Fougere reiterated.
“We know we have challenges. But we are a safe community and one of the tools in our toolbox is Regina Crime Stoppers.”
Thanks everyone for a great year in 2016!