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6/26/2014 - Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers Award Recipients

Dan Brown from snapd Oakville and Tim Whitnell from the Burlington Post were recognized this morning for their contributions to Crime Stoppers of Halton at the Halton Regional Police Services Board Meeting.  Halton Crime Stoppers Board Chair Jennifer L. Olchowy and HCS Vice Chair Norman Bellefontaine presented both contributors with an Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers 2013 Award in the category of Best Feature of Crime Stoppers in the Print Media. Dan Brown`s wife, Robyn Brown who is Editor and Account Manager for snapd Oakville, accepted the award on his behalf.

Congratulations to both recipients and thank you for promoting Crime Stoppers of Halton.

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6/2/2014 - 6th Annual Crime Stoppers of Halton Charity Golf Tournament

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5/24/2014 - Community Shred-it Event

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5/21/2014 - Crime Stoppers Information Session at Newcomer Information Centre

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4/23/2014 - Oakville woman walks the talk for Crime Stoppers

Volunteer is a walking billboard for anonymous tipster program

Oakville Beaver

She may not be a police officer, but one Oakville woman is working nearly every day to stomp out crime in her community — one dog walk at a time.Click to Enlarge Oakville woman walks the talk for Crime Stoppers

A year ago, Penny Ennis, a former executive assistant who now runs a dog-walking business, approached Crime Stoppers of Halton.

She asked what she could do to raise awareness about the anonymous tipster program.

“I’m big on home security,” she said. “I want Halton Region to stay the safest community. It doesn’t matter if it is Burlington, Milton or Oakville, I just want to keep it all safe.”

Initially, Crime Stoppers Co-ordinator Det. Const. Paul Proteau thought giving Ennis brochures to distribute might be the way to go, but thought better of the idea in case people just tossed them aside.

Finally, it was decided that because Ennis walks around the community just about every day with her dog-walking business, creating a vest with the Crime Stoppers logo and phone number on it made the most sense.

Ennis, who has called Oakville home for 50 years, volunteered to wear the florescent fashion accessory ever since, soliciting plenty of interest from those who catch sight of her.

“I get stopped all the time... especially kids ask me what Crime Stoppers is and they are really quite interested. So, it really gets the word out there,” she said.

“It starts with just one person and then they tell their dad and so on and so on.”

Proteau said Ennis’ volunteer work is deeply appreciated and may even be unprecedented as he is unaware of any other Crime Stoppers units anywhere that have carried out this kind of promotion.

“I think it’s a great idea because she is basically a walking billboard for us,” said Proteau.

“Penny going out there and talking on our behalf and educating people really helps me out and helps out the community in general because now you have more educated people who know Crime Stoppers is not part of the police, but hands off tips to the police.”

While Penny said she is happy to get the word out about the tip line, she emphasized residents with information need to call Crime Stoppers and not give the tips directly to her as some have attempted to do on a few occasions.

This is not the first time Ennis has volunteered for Crime Stoppers of Halton.

In the past, she played the role of a captured crook on Crime Stoppers Christmas parade floats in Milton and Burlington and sold tickets for a raffle during the 25th anniversary of Crime Stoppers of Halton event in November 2013.

“People should get involved because it is a lot of fun. It is a good cause. I know there are different ways you can volunteer, but this way helps keep our community safe,” said Ennis.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Crime Stoppers by wearing a vest or T-shirt during their day-to-day activities can call Proteau at 905-825-4747, ext. 5139.

Anyone with information about a crime can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), through its website at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting ‘TIP201’ with the message to CRIMES (274637).


3/19/2014 - Halton police use video to try to catch Sheridan stalker
Oakville Beaver

Halton police are hoping a video reenacting one of the recent attacks on women near Sheridan College will prompt more tips from the public, which could lead to the arrest of the man responsible.

The video, which was shot by CHCH News with the help of Crime Stoppers of Halton on Feb. 26, shows a young woman walking alone in a wooded area.

She is apparently listening to music on her cell phone and does not notice a masked man approaching her from behind.

The man throws the woman to the ground, attempts to commit a sexual assault, but flees when the woman screams and fights back.

Five attacks on women, similar to the one depicted in the video, have taken place near Sheridan between August last year and mid-February of this year.

Halton police believe the same man carried out all assaults.

He is described as between 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-7 with a slim-to-medium build.

He wore a dark jacket with a hood lined with a light-coloured material. He had a dark winter ski mask covering his face.

“These incidents have been ongoing since late August and we wanted to do a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling the issue,” said Det. Const. Paul Proteau, Crime Stoppers Coordinator.

“There was a town hall meeting at Sheridan in February about these incidents and one of the things they talked about there was maybe doing a reenactment.”

Proteau said he approached Sheridan College’s drama department to find actors to play the victim and suspect in the video.

For the video’s location he selected Oakville’s Shell Park stating he did not want to re-victimize students by shooting it at Sheridan.

“Also if the bad guy is in the area I didn’t want him to see us filming about him,” said Proteau.

He said the video has been played on CHCH News and plays on monitors within Sheridan College.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or text TIP201 with the message to 274637.


3/15/2014 - Crime Stoppers Attends Alton Village Free Family Fun Skate

Thank you Randy Hart for inviting Crime Stoppers of Halton to the Alton Village Free Family Fun Skate.  It was a great opportunity to speak with community members and spread awareness about Crime Stoppers. 

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2/7/2014 - Crime Stoppers reaches out to seniors, youths and newcomers
Click to Enlarge D/C Paul Proteau and Crime Stoppers of Halton Chair Norm BellefontaineOakville Beaver

Crime Stoppers of Halton unveiled its 2014 theme Tuesday — Breaking the Code of Silence.

Halton Regional Police Det. Const. Paul Proteau, who co-ordinates the program, said it will make a special push to spread the Crime Stoppers message to students, seniors and newcomers.

Proteau said many newcomers aren’t aware of what Crime Stoppers is or does.

“Some places where they come from, police are not that well respected or trusted. In those countries, they don’t have Crime Stoppers and so they come here and they learn not only can they trust the police, but there is this anonymous way of giving information ... where they don’t have to testify in court and they can collect money if they want to,” said Proteau.

“With Milton basically exploding with a newcomer population, it really makes sense to make them aware of Crime Stoppers.”

And the growing seniors’ population makes it essential for those residents to be informed about Crime Stoppers, he said.

Awareness will be boosted through a variety of means.

Proteau said school visits have been very well received by local youths with tips sometimes coming in almost immediately after the presentation.

To appeal to students, Proteau said, young people in the Halton police Youth in Policing Initiative created videos explaining how Crime Stoppers works.

In one video, a boy witnesses a drug deal at his high school and texts a tip into Crime Stoppers.

Another video depicts a girl calling Crime Stoppers after she sees a student break into a locker and steal a cell phone.

“In that kind of group, there’s a stigma about ratting out not just your friends, but anyone,” said Norm Bellefontaine, chair of Crime Stoppers of Halton.

“The idea is, if you want a safe community, not just for yourself, but for your family and friends, you can use the Crime Stoppers service and you won’t be stigmatized in the same way you would be if you stepped forward.”

He said information about Crime Stoppers will be made available to newcomers through events such as Police Day and the annual ESINC (Emergency Services Introduction for New Canadians) Day.

Crime Stoppers will also work with the SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) program to boost awareness.

Bellefontaine said when someone witnesses criminal activity, they have a choice of helping the police by saying something or helping the criminal by remaining silent.

“When they decide not to get involved, they have made a very conscious decision to vote against community safety and actually support the criminal element,” he said. “It’s a very distinct decision and I don’t think they realize that.”

Proteau said Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display to ensure the anonymity of tipsters. A sender’s address is scrambled when tips are made via the web or by texting.

In a previous interview, Proteau noted defence lawyers have attempted to subpoena Crime Stoppers records or specific tips, but have failed in every instance because Canadian courts recognize the program’s importance.

Since its inception in 1988, tips made to Crime Stoppers of Halton have resulted in 1,049 arrests, 2,043 cases being cleared, $54,565 in rewards paid out, $2,470,037 worth of stolen property recovered, and $17,248,775 worth of drugs seized.

Crime Stoppers is a community-based charity, so it needs donations to operate. They can be made by calling 905-825-6000, ext. 5139, or at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com.

Tips can be made to Crime Stoppers of Halton by calling 905-825-8477 (TIPS), visitingwww.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting ‘TIP201’ with your message to CRIMES (274637).

http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/4356904-crime-stoppers-reaches-out-to-seniors-youths-and-newcomers/


1/31/2014 - Winterfest 2014

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11/30/2013 - Community Key-A-Thon

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