On May 4, Toronto Crime Stoppers honored its partners in policing and the community at its annual 25th Annual Chief of Police Dinner.
Constable Sean O’Neill, the Toronto Crime Stoppers Community Engagement & Social Media officer, stated, “Given the anonymous nature of Crime Stoppers, crimes that are solved through the assistance of Crime Stoppers frequently go unrecognized with little or no publicity.”
“The Toronto Wrongdoing Plugs Directorate is lucky to have a discussion, for example, the Head of Police Supper to perceive the difficult work and proceeded with endeavors of our policing accomplices, units and officials who use the Wrongdoing Plugs stage as a conductor to determine culpability and address public security all through the city’s areas.”
“Stand Up, Stand Together” was the celebration’s slogan this year.
The program set new records in the previous year.
Around 200 arrests were made as a result of 16,000 anonymous tips and information from the public.
The Service was able to remove dozens of illegal firearms from the streets and file hundreds of related charges. In addition, more than $2 million worth of narcotics and stolen property were seized, and Crime Stoppers information was utilized in a number of homicide investigations.
Boss Myron Demkiw hailed the victories.
In addition, “Toronto Crime Stoppers has implemented a more proactive program in order to enhance community safety and impact criminality,” he stated. “On top of these,” It keeps coming up with new ideas and working outside the box to build strong relationships between the police, the communities we serve, and itself.
Demkiw highlighted the Local area Prize Program as an ideal illustration of the development.
Programs that return the organization’s funding efforts to the community took the place of payouts that used to reward individuals for tips.
“You might have heard its new motto, ‘See it. Say it. Stop it, which has been well received by our communities,” Demkiw continued. Toronto Crime Stoppers is the only Crime Stoppers program in the world to use this one-of-a-kind model, and our communities are reaping the benefits of it greatly.
Crime Stoppers can be contacted anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or at 222.tips.com by anyone with information about a crime that has taken place or is about to take place.
According to Lisa Kostakis, interim chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, the program is a remarkable illustration of a tremendously fruitful partnership between the police and the community.
She stated, “Through this program, the public plays an integral role in maintaining the safety of our neighborhoods by providing our police service with an enormous quantity of helpful tips.” Additionally, the program’s proceeds are used to support important initiatives aimed at enhancing Toronto’s community safety or crime prevention through community engagement.
In 1984, then-Chief Jack Marks asked now-retired Staff Superintendent Gary Grant, who was a Sergeant at the time, to start the Toronto Crime Stoppers program.
Constable Scott Aikman of Police Canine Administrations was given the Bill Hancox grant for his work collaborating with Toronto Wrongdoing Plugs to make a yearly schedule that raises assets to help the Local area Prizes Program. Moreover, the schedules including photographs he delivers of the TPS canine group, are utilized to make mindfulness for individuals from the local area to secretly report wrongdoings.
In 2019, the Gary Award Media Grant of Greatness was sent off.
Toronto Police Corporate Interchanges was the current year’s beneficiary.
Mark Cousins, a member of the Crime Stoppers Board who gave the presentation alongside Grant, said, “From the inception of the program in 1984, Corporate Communications and its team of professionals have attended and provided coverage during crime prevention initiatives and events.”
They “act as a liaison between the program and external media outlets,” “use their social media platforms to amplify several crime prevention awareness campaigns, and extend support for internal and external messaging.”
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, which honors exceptional achievement, was presented to Toronto Crime Stoppers Chair Sean Sportun by Premier Doug Ford and Solicitor General Michael Kerzner.
Since 2002, he has served on the Board.
The presentation’s Crime Stoppers Coordinator, Marc Madramootoo, stated, “Through Sean’s leadership, fundraising efforts, and educational awareness initiatives, he has contributed to crime prevention and enhanced community safety.” His passion for volunteering as a community member and leader surpasses his professional accomplishments in support of community safety.
He is a visionary and a leader who has contributed significantly to the development of the Toronto Crime Stoppers Program and other international programs. He has taken a proactive approach to the program’s goal of educating the community about crime prevention. Numerous successful community initiatives had been established as a result of his foresight and bravery to simply “take a chance.”
Starting around 2018, Sportun has been important for the Worldwide Society of Wrongdoing Counteraction Specialists that is a non-benefit association giving wrongdoing avoidance preparing on a worldwide level.
He also serves on the Diploma Advisory Committees of Seneca College and Humber College, where he contributes his industry knowledge to ensure that graduates of Police Foundation, Protection, Security, and Investigations are well-prepared for employment after graduation.
Scotiabank was the beneficiary of the Local area Organization Grant.
Wrongdoing Plugs is the brainchild of Canadian-conceived Greg MacAleese, who was an official with the Albuquerque Police Division in New Mexico. In 1976, the disgruntled police officer turned to the general public for assistance after running out of possible leads in a homicide investigation.
He created the principal wrongdoing re-establishment that was broadcasted on nearby TV and made accessible to different news sources and guaranteed that anybody giving data prompting a capture would be qualified for a monetary compensation.
Police received a tip within hours of the broadcast that led to the arrest of two murder suspects. They received life sentences without the possibility of parole.
One of the largest programs in the world is run by Toronto, which started the program 39 years ago. In nearly 20 nations, there are close to 1,300 Crime Stoppers programs.