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|1/28/2016 - A new chapter for Halton Crime Stoppers|
A new chapter for Halton Crime Stoppers
Agency publishes comic book
Looking over the free comic book at the official unveiling were (from left): Sean Sportun, director with Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and manager of security for Mac’s, David Forster, president of Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and Det. Paul Proteau, Halton Regional Police Crime Stoppers Coordinator.
Julie Slack / Canadian Champion
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Crime Stoppers is turning to the superheroes for a little help.
A new comic book hero – Crime Stopper – has joined Captain Canuck to combat crime in Halton and across Canada.
The story of this crime-fighting duo is depicted in a special Captain Canuck comic book produced by Chapter House Comics to help promote Halton Crime Stoppers and other programs in Canada through a partnership agreement with Crime Stoppers and Mac’s Convenience Stores.
The comic book was officially introduced at a news conference yesterday (Jan. 27) hosted by Halton Crime Stoppers at the Mac’s Convenience Store on Steeles Avenue East, east of Ontario Street, in Milton.
Copies of the comic book are available free at Mac’s outlets from Ontario to British Columbia and Crime Stoppers programs will also make them available at various promotional events while supplies last.
“This is a unique opportunity to promote Crime Stoppers to middle and high school students,” said Halton Regional Police (HRP) Det. Paul Proteau, co-ordinator of Halton Crime Stoppers. “Young people have a fascination for comic books and Captain Canuck has been a favourite in Canada for 40 years.”
Proteau said the comic book story starts in Alberta with Captain Canuck capturing two Eastern European mobsters engaged in a major retail theft operation and later teams up with Crime Stopper — a police officer who transforms himself into a super action hero — to track down other gang members and their Russian crime boss who were staging robberies in the Greater Toronto Area.
“The comic details how it was tips to Crime Stoppers and a Mac’s CrimeBusters’ tweet that put an end to the gang’s crime spree,” he said. “In an entertaining and colorful way the Captain Canuck comic tells how Crime Stoppers works and reinforces that people calling tips to the program are completely anonymous.”
Proteau added that even the artist’s depiction of Crime Stopper as a shadowy, gray figure conveys an impression of anonymity.
“Crime Stopper is not only a comic book hero, but a welcome addition to Crime Stoppers and another weapon that we have to promote the program and help keep our region safe and secure,” he said. “It’s great having Crime Stopper and Captain Canuck on our team.”
The comic book was launched in January as part of Canada’s Crime Stoppers Month celebration — a 40th anniversary edition and predicted by some comic book enthusiasts to become a highly-prized and sought-after collector’s item in a few years.
Sean Sportun, a director with the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and Mac’s manager of security for all of Central Canada, said it’s a great collaboration.
“We thought about how we can make it a Canadian initiative,” he said, noting it’s good for Mac’s because they’re always looking for ways to combat theft in stores across the country. “This is good because kids can relate to superheroes.”
The first edition saw 200,000 copies printed and distributed to some 107 Mac’s locations across the country.
Police said they would try to have a presence at upcoming comicons as well where they’ll have the comic books available.
And for the die-hard collector, there’s a special First Edition Collector Set available for $12.95; it includes a sketch cover (only 500 in print), along with two variant covers and a summer special cover. Go to www.chapterhouse.ca/crimestopper for details.
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|1/13/2016 - Crime Stoppers of Halton celebrates partners in keeping community safe|
Crime Stoppers of Halton held an open house Monday at Halton Region headquarters to both celebrate its partners and what it is all about.
Organizers noted 2015 was a busy as tips to the charity led to 28 arrests, saw $83,936 in stolen property recovered, and led to the seizure of illegal drugs with a street value of $21,527.
“Crime Stoppers is a partnership that is comprised of the Crime Stoppers program, the community at-large, the police service and the media, and it helps keep Halton the safest regional municipality in Canada in which to live and work,” said Norm Bellefontaine, Crime Stoppers chair.
“Crime Stoppers gives people a means of reporting tips on unsolved crimes with guaranteed anonymity. Tipsters do not identify themselves to Crime Stoppers and never have to appear in court.”
Bellefontaine noted that while the organization is independent from the police, it is an important and cost-effective tool for law enforcement because it can help significantly shorten police investigations and solve crimes that might otherwise go unsolved.
Crime Stoppers partners honoured during the evening included Halton Region, whose chair, Gary Carr, spoke about the program and especially the need for everyone to do their part to help keep Halton a safe community.
“We have the finest people working in our police services, but we cannot do it without the community. You are an integral part of this,” said Carr.
“If we want to remain the safest, if we want to attract businesses, if we want to make this a good place to raise kids and grandkids, you need to continue to do the work you are doing,” he told Crime Stoppers officials.
Halton Police Chief Stephen Tanner was recognized for the liaison between police and Crime Stoppers and underlined the importance of Crime Stoppers’ role in police work.
“Crime Stoppers, quite simply, is a critical, crucial and most necessary program not only in Halton, but around the world,” said Tanner.
“Many, many members of the Halton police service have used Crime Stoppers’ information to successfully investigate, prosecute, solve or prevent crime.”
Crime Stoppers also recognized its partners from the local business community.
Oakville Chamber of Commerce President John Sawyer noted local chambers, which are involved in building strong, healthy, sustainable communities, were instrumental in bringing Crime Stoppers to Halton.
“The research we’ve seen, shows the No. 1 issue in building a community is safety. That’s what people want. They want to feel safe and secure in their homes,” said Sawyer.
“Crime is a very important concern for the business community. Businesses are not immune to crime. Everything from shoplifting to armed robbery, fraud, counterfeiting of currency and products, all has a negative effect on the business community.”
Sawyer noted even crimes like vandalism and graffiti could shape a person’s perception that an area is unsafe.
Places viewed as unsafe are not welcoming environments for customers and can impact business, he said.
“We understand there is a real need for businesses to work with Crime Stoppers, and the police, to not only deal with white-collar crime and criminal activity targeting commercial enterprises, but businesses also need to be aware of new trends in crime in our increasingly computerized and highly-technical world.”
Ministry of Natural Resources Provincial Enforcement Specialist Paula Norlock said the ministry has its own tip line, but noted it cannot guarantee anonymity and directs callers to Crime Stoppers for this.
She said tips that come from Crime Stoppers often turn out to be the best because those will be from someone who, for example, is in a camp with a chronic poacher and witnesses them breaking the law.
Crime Stoppers of Halton also recognized its media partners during the event, including Metroland Media Group West, which includes the Oakville Beaver, Burlington Post and Milton Canadian Champion, along with CHCH and Cogeco.
Other partners recognized included the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, OPP, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and others.
Crime Stoppers of Halton receives no federal funding and relies on donations from the public to function.
Donations allow Crime Stoppers to hold crime prevention events and offer rewards of up to $2,000 for tipsters, who offer valid information.
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Praising our partners is the key message Halton Crime Stoppers is delivering during the celebration of January as Crime Stoppers Month.
Since 1988, when the program began in this region, Halton Crime Stoppers has worked closely with various organizations and agencies to improve the safety and security for residents of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.
From the inception of the world’s first program in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976, the success of Crime Stoppers has been uniting the community, media and police in a three way partnership in the battle against crime.
The statistics achieved in Halton demonstrate the vital role that Crime Stoppers plays to take tips from anonymous callers and provide the information to police to assist them in solving a myriad of crimes.
Last year tips to Halton Crime Stoppers led to the arrest of 28 individuals, the recovery of $83,936 in stolen property, and the seizure of illegal drugs with a street value of $21,527. Statistics also show that since Halton Crime Stoppers came into existence, tips to the program have led to the arrests of 1,119 people, the recovery of $2,643,517 in stolen property and the seizure of drugs worth $17,995,013 on the street.
“It is an extremely valuable program that not only assists police in the fight against crime, but creates safer neighborhoods and makes residents feel much more secure,” said Detective Constable Paul Proteau, Coordinator of Halton’s Crime Stoppers program.
“Crime Stoppers is also much more effective because of the cooperation it receives from various partners who establish initiatives to alert people about crime concerns or fund projects that directly tackle criminal activity in the community,” Proteau said. “Partnerships formed within the community, through the media or with the police, are truly the lifeblood of Crime Stoppers. They create the awareness that generates the tips to help solve crime.”
Halton Crime Stoppers planned a Jan. 11 reception in the Bronte Room at the Halton Regional Centre to recognize the partners they have worked with through the years including Halton Regional Police and other police agencies in the region, the Canadian Border Services, the Ontario Humane Society and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Other partners being recognized include Halton’s four Chamber of Commerce groups which were instrumental in the formation of Crime Stoppers and have provided support through the years, local Fire Services, the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Canadian Distillers Association, Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission, Halton Region Community and Social Services, the Canadian Bankers Association, Mac’s Crime Busters and the Canadian Insurance Bureau, as well as many others.
In addition, all local media outlets have been tremendous supporters of Halton Crime Stoppers since its inception, including the Metroland Community Newspaper Group, which publishes the Oakville Beaver, Burlington Post, the Georgetown Independent and Free Press and the Milton Canadian Champion. Other strong media supporters are Cogeco Cable, Snap newspapers, CHCH-TV and all local radio stations.
“Crime Stoppers benefits from the support provided by our partners, but the real winners are the residents across Halton who live in one of the safest areas in Canada,” said Jennifer L. Olchowy, Chair of the Crime Stoppers Month launch committee.
Speakers at the launch include Norm Bellefontaine, Chair of Halton Crime Stoppers, Police Chief Steve Tanner, Jamie Frye, an intelligence analyst with the Ontario Racing Commission, Paula Norlock, Provincial Enforcement Specialist with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and John Sawyer, President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce.
A number of proclamations or letters of support were prepared by the municipalities, which comprise Halton and Halton Region Chair Gary Carr, recognized the efforts of Crime Stoppers saying the cooperation, trust and team environment fostered with Halton Police, the local media and resident of Halton have created an invaluable partnership that benefits all of us.
“Halton Regional Council is committed to the health and safety of our residents, and it is a privilege to have organizations like Crime Stoppers of Halton and Halton Regional Police Services working in our community toward the same goal,” Carr’s letter states.
“Your diligence and hard work does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated,” he said. “On behalf of Regional Council, I’d like to say thank you to the volunteers, partners and supporter of Crime Stoppers of Halton for your dedication to creating a safe community and for helping to preserve our quality of life. Working together, we can help ensure that Halton remains a great place to work, raise a family and retire.”
Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette commended Crime Stoppers for making all communities within the Region safer places to live, work and raise families.
“On behalf of the Council for the Town of Halton Hills, I offer our collective support in all of your 2016 Crime Stoppers endeavours,” Bonnette’s letter stated. “This year Crime Stoppers is focusing their efforts on the partnerships in our community and the Town of Halton Hills is proud to be a partner.”
He also thanked the volunteers, partners and supporters of Crime Stoppers saying their efforts contribute to the quality of life we enjoy and also said “for the sixth consecutive year, our region has been named the safest large municipality in Canada.”
A proclamation from Oakville Mayor Rob Burton says the success of Halton Crime Stoppers, a non-profit, charitable organization, is due to a partnership between the Halton Police Service, the community and media, but required continuing recognition and support from all levels of government to ensure the program can continue the level of success achieved through the years.
“Crime Stoppers of Halton has been extremely effective not only in assisting police to fight crime, but has also undertaken a number of initiatives to improve the quality of life and make things safer for resident of communities within Halton Region,” Mayor Burton said.
A proclamation from Milton Mayor Gord Krantz also cited the success Crime Stoppers has had in improving community safety and Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring said the incredible success of Crime Stoppers is due to the continued support from residents and organization.
“We all benefit when concerned people watch out for each other and report crimes to appropriate authorities,” Mayor Goldring said. “This type of support between residents and our police improves the quality of life and safety for the entire community.”
Crime Stoppers programs across Canada and other parts of the world have celebrated Crime Stoppers Month since 1986 when the delegates at the annual Crime Stoppers International training conference in Edmonton adopted January as the official date for the observance.
Since that time Crime Stoppers Month has been recognized by various world leaders including a number of U.S. Presidents, several Canadian Prime Ministers and Queen Elizabeth, as well as police leaders worldwide, including several directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Commissioners of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and heads of state, provincial and municipal law enforcement organizations.
|1/9/2016 - Jannuary is Crime Stoppers Month|
|1/8/2016 - Mayor Rob Burton Proclaims January as Crime Stoppers Month in Oakville|
On Thursday, January 7, Mayor Rob Burton visited Crime Stoppers of Halton to proclaim January as Crime Stoppers Month in the Town of Oakville.
Thank you to Mayor Burton and the Town of Oakville for your ongoing support of the Crime Stoppers program!
Past Chair Jennifer L. Olchowy, Mayor Rob Burton and Director Wally Trapler.
|1/5/2016 - Halton municipalities proclaim January as Crime Stoppers Month|
Halton municipalities proclaim January as Crime Stoppers MonthNikki Wesley / Metroland West Media Group
Halton Crime Stoppers Secretary Ted Salter, left and Board Chair Norm Bellefontaine flank Milton Mayor Gord Krantz in proclaiming January as Crime Stoppers Month.
Milton Canadian Champion
Crime Stoppers of Halton is in a festive mood. Not only did it celebrate the start of a new year, it is marking January as Crime Stoppers Month.
The designation, adopted at an international Crime Stoppers training conference in Edmonton in 1986, serves as an opportunity for Crime Stoppers programs across the nation to highlight successes achieved in solving crime and keeping communities safe.
To officially kick off Crime Stoppers Month, the Halton program will host a special ceremony January 11 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Halton Regional Centre, located on Bronte Road just north of the QEW in Oakville.
At the event, Halton Crime Stoppers Chair Norm Bellefontaine will recognize some of the agencies and organizations that work closely with the program to combat crime affecting local residents, while Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr will acknowledge the program’s work in the community. Annual statistics will also be released at next week’s ceremony.
Municipalities, including Milton, Oakville, Burlington and Halton Hills, have pledged their support of the program by proclaiming January as Crime Stoppers Month.
Since its inception in 1988, the Crime Stoppers of Halton program has received a number of anonymous tips that have assisted police in solving more than 2,100 misdeeds. Tips also led to the arrest of 1,119 individuals, the seizure of almost $18 million in illegal narcotics and the recovery of more than $2.6 million worth of stolen property.
Globally, tips received since the first Crime Stoppers program was established in 1976 south of the border have cleared more than 1.5 million cases, led to the arrest of more than 965,000 people, the seizure of drugs worth approximately $8.9 billion and the recovery of stolen property worth in excess of $2.1 billion.
Statistics show that a crime is solved somewhere in the world every 14 minutes as a result of tips to Crime Stoppers.
|12/23/2015 - Mayor Gordon Krantz Proclaims January as Crime Stoppers Month in Milton|
On Tuesday, December 22, Mayor Gordon Krantz welcomed Crime Stoppers of Halton Directors to his office to proclaim January as Crime Stoppers Month in the Town of Milton.
Thank you to Mayor Krantz and the Town of Milton for your ongoing support of the Crime Stoppers program!
Director Ted Salter, Mayor Gordon Krantz and Chair Norm Bellefontaine showing their support for Crime Stoppers Month.
|12/17/2015 - Mayor Rick Goldring Proclaims January as Crime Stoppers Month in Burlington|
On Wednesday, January 16, 2015 Crime Stoppers of Halton was invited to Burlington`s City Hall Meeting where Mayor Rick Goldring proclaimed January as Crime Stoppers Month.
Each year during the month of January, communities around the world promote and share in the success of Crime Stoppers programs. Crime Stoppers thanks Mayor Goldring and the City of Burlington for their ongoing support!
Police Coordinator D/C Paul Proteau, Director Nadia Dimitroff and Mayor Rick Goldring.
|12/9/2015 - Crime Stoppers of Halton Receives Over 1,000 Tips In 2015|
For the first time in the history of the program, Halton Crime Stoppers has received more than 1,000 tips in the calendar year.
The 1,000 mark was reached in mid-November and more than 100 additional tips have been received since then on a variety of unsolved crimes in the area. From 2012 to 2014 Halton Crime Stoppers recorded roughly 900 tips per year.
Detective Constable Paul Proteau, coordinator of Halton’s Crime Stoppers program, said various promotional campaigns throughout 2015, including public service announcements in Cineplex theatres this past summer and efforts to acquaint high school students with Crime Stoppers, have greatly improved awareness of the program.
"Statistics show an increased number of tips almost every month from last year’s figures with a record161 tips received in June," Proteau said. "People obviously have confidence in the Crime Stoppers program and it is through information they provide anonymously that an increasing number of crimes are being solved."
Because of the confidential nature of Crime Stoppers, he said it’s impossible to be specific, but the program has received calls related to homicides, drugs, sexual assaults, fraud, impaired driving, and thefts, just to name a few. Crime Stoppers also takes non-criminal information on driving offences, cruelty to animals, contraband tobacco and mental health.
Proteau said the program’s full year-end statistics will be released at the official launch of Crime Stoppers Month scheduled for January 11 at the Halton Region Centre. At that time Halton Crime Stoppers will also highlight some of the partners from the police, media and community who have worked closely to ensure the success of the program to assist in keeping communities safe and secure.
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