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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Crime Stoppers Needs Help

Grey Bruce | by Robyn Garvey  

Crime Stoppers Grey Bruce asking for municipal funding after officers retire.

Crime Stoppers of Grey-Bruce wants help from local municipalities.

Chair of the Board, Betty Egerdeen, says the organization is losing the equivalent of a full-time police officer this June, as two part-time OPP officers retire.

The officer's time had been provided to Crime Stoppers free of charge by both local OPP detachments, but Egerdeen says provincial police do not plan to replace the officers.

So, she is calling on local municipalities to let police officers work in the Crime Stoppers office in Owen Sound for a few hours per week.

Egerdeen and Secretary Treasurer Audrey Keip are visiting each municipality to make the request.

Egerdeen says if that doesn't work -- she hopes municipalities can donate some money to cover the salary of a part time officer.

The Town of Hanover has donated $300.

As it stands now -- Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce has one paid administrator and 14 volunteer staff.

Egerdeen says there is no way the current staff can process all of the tips they receive locally.

She adds a police officer has the skills and expertise needed to sift through the tips to prioritize them.

In the last 29 years, Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce has helped make more than 1,500 arrests.

Stats also show more than 2,500 cases have been cleared, $3.8-million in property has been recovered and $47-million in drugs have been seized.

Crime Stoppers has also handed out almost $125,000 in tips locally. 



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