Officials and supporters of Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington raised the anti crime organization’s flag in front of city hall here Monday marking the 25th anniversary of the organization and its work in the community.
Since its inception, Crime Stoppers chairman Rick Eller said the organization’s efforts have seen some $3 million in property recovered from crimes and $25 million in drugs seized along with money retrieved from other crimes.
“Total dollar impact is over $35 million in the County of Wellington and Guelph,” he said.
Crime Stopper tips have also helped solve incidents of sexual assault, break and enters and robberies.
“Our program is based on the successes of a lot of different people for the safety or our community,” he said of police, board members and tip providers who are part of Crime Stoppers. “We’re honoured to be part of the programs to make things safer.”
Wellington OPP detachment commander Inspector Scott Lawson said Crime Stoppers has become an integral part of solving crime.
“Our contribution has been significant over the years,” Lawson said of Crime Stopper work with police.
Guelph Ward 5 Councillor Leanne Piper brought greetings from Mayor Karen Farbridge who was unable to attend the ceremony.
“Guelph continues to be recognized as one of the safest municipalities,” Piper said. “Thanks you for removing deadly drugs off our streets and solving crimes.”
“I encourage people to report crime,” she added.
Guelph MP Frank Valeriote also acknowledged the work done by Crime Stoppers.
“In order for a community to function compassionately, it takes participation. People who see something illegal and call it in,” Valeriote said of those working as members of Crime Stopper and members of the public who call in with tips.
The organization also received certificates of congratulations from Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong and Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott.
“We will be along for another 25 years,” Eller said.