Crime Stoppers International is an independent non-profit umbrella organization, officially registered in the Netherlands as a Foundation. The mission of CSI is: ‘to mobilize the world to provide information on crime anonymously’.
With affiliated and accredited national and local Crime Stoppers programs around the world, we form a global network providing platforms for communities to anonymously share information about crime and criminal activity.
Information shared with Crime Stoppers is passed to law enforcement and other investigators in such a way that a tipster remains anonymous. Your identity will never be exposed.
It all began in July 1976 with a fatal shooting at a filling station in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the USA. The police had no leads and the investigating detective had to find a way to solve the case. Somebody would have more information, but how could he reach out to him or her?
The detective contacted a local television station for a reconstruction and provided a special telephone number people could call without mentioning their name. Within 72 hours a person called and identified the car leaving the scene at the time of the killing. This person said he had good reason not to be involved in the case.
With this experience in mind and with the help of the public, media and law enforcement, the detective started a movement that has evolved into an extensive network of Crime Stoppers organisations around the world affiliated to the Crime Stoppers International Foundation.
Here are the CSI Presidents who have led our organisation over the last 41 years.
CSI is governed by a Supervisory Board that represents great breadth and depth of skills, experience and expertise. Directors of the Board are nominated representatives, most often a national chairperson or executive board member, from each of CSI’s seven Regions.
The Supervisory Board determines organisational strategy and is supported by three standing sub-committees:
- Finance & Risk
- Communications & Marketing
CSI is also capably supported by an Advisory Council that provides guidance in strategic planning and operational activity. The Council comprises subject matter experts and leaders from the law enforcement community, the legal profession, corporate sector, and academia. All are recognised for their extensive expertise in their field of endeavour, which is of an international nature.
CSI partners with governments, law enforcement, business, civil society and the media in an effort to reduce, prevent and solve transnational crime and criminal activity linked to human trafficking, environmental and wildlife crime, cybercrime, illicit trade, financial crime, and the hunt for international fugitives.
Tackling transnational crime demands a constant and concerted effort by all of us; it is well beyond the capabilities of individual governments, law enforcement agencies, NGOs or business corporations.
CSI cannot achieve its remarkable results, without support from others who share our values and commitment, and who want to make a genuine contribution to creating safer societies.
We provide tangible means to support, partner or collaborate to mitigate the threats posed by transnational crime and organised criminal networks.
An investment in Crime Stoppers International helps to improve and extend our:
- anonymous crime reporting capabilities
- awareness, advocacy and capacity building activities; and
- global campaigns and initiatives.
Crime Stoppers International maintains strategic partnerships with key global organizations such as the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). A cooperation agreement was signed with INTERPOL in 2010, and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the UNODC in 2016.
MOU’s have also been established with other global NGOs such as the International Police Training Institute and Airline Ambassadors International in 2015 along with a formal collaboration agreement with the CNN Freedom Project.
Crime Stoppers International, through its affiliated regional programs maintains strategic relationships with the Australia Federal Police (AFP), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the South African Police Service (SAPS).
Our Memberships and Affiliations
To achieve our mission, CSI facilitates cooperation among many different stakeholders in the fight to stop, solve and prevent transnational crime – governments, international agencies, global corporations, law enforcement authorities and the media.
We are especially proud of our Cooperation Agreement with INTERPOL, the only civil society organisation to have such an arrangement, and our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
We are also honoured to be a Member or have in place formal MOUs, agreements and cooperative arrangements with the following:
- ACAMS – Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
- Airline Ambassadors International
- Crystal Blockchain BV
- Entreprise et Diplomatie
- GCFFC – Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime: along with Europol, World Economic Forum, Refinitiv, Institute of International Finance and others
- IATA – International Air Transport Association
- IIPCIC – International Intellectual Property Crime Investigator College
- International Cyber Academy
- Law enforcement in addition to INTERPOL – ASEANAPOL, Australian Federal Police, Homeland Security Investigations, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, South Africa Police Service
- OCCCRP – Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
- RisikoTek Pte
- The CNN Freedom Project
- Uber Technologies Inc
- WFZO – World Free Zones Organization
- WWF – World Wildlife Fund
Crime Stoppers International has a strong track record for delivering remarkable results.
Since its genesis in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1976, information anonymously shared with Crime Stoppers has led to the arrest of more than 1 million criminals; the seizure of over US$9 billion worth of illicit drugs; and the disruption of many organised criminal networks.
The following are some of the major activities and successes Crime Stoppers International and its affiliated programs were involved in during 2019.
January – signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Entreprise et Diplomatie, a subsidiary of the foremost European provider of strategic intelligence, ADIT Group, providing for the free exchange of views and data on issues related to illicit trade and other forms of criminality.
February, Region 3 – hosted the Illicit Trade and its impact on the financial sector in Panama seminar in collaboration with the University of Panama. Attendees included representatives from the Ministry of Public Security, national Police, customs Colon Free Zone, and financial and legal sectors.
February, Region 5 – results of a major independent research project, commissioned to determine the economic and social impact of Crime Stoppers Australia, found an economic return on investment of AU$11.15 was realised for every dollar invested, and 82% of respondents felt safer knowing the program existed.
March – participated in the OECD Task Force meeting on countering illicit trade along with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and others.
March – signed an MOU with the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO) to raise awareness and fight various crime types in Free Zones around the world, including drug trafficking, robbery, gang-related crime, waste material disposal, corruption, intellectual property infringements, illicit trade, money laundering and terrorism.
March – signed an MOU with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ukraine, to collaboratively create mechanisms allowing citizens to easily report criminal offences, including anonymously.
March – hosted a human trafficking workshop in the Hague, Netherlands, to mark news broadcaster, CNN’s #My Freedom Day initiative.
March, Region 5 – Crimestoppers NZ recorded the highest ever number of calls for a month linked to the Christchurch mosque terrorist attacks that saw 51 people killed and 49 seriously injured.
March, Region 5 – concluded a six-month Dob in a Dealer campaign, focused on targeting the manufacture, supply and trafficking of ice and other illicit drugs, that generated a 65% increase in drug-related information reports provided to police.
April, Region 3 – conducted a regional workshop on Trade-Based Money Laundering in collaboration with Latin American anti-money laundering group, GAFILAT, featuring speakers from the OECD, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), US Dept of Treasury, US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP), and the Siracusa International Institute. Attended by customs directors, prosecutors, and chiefs of financial intelligence units from 17 Central and Latin American countries, the forum influenced new Regulations making illicit trade activities more difficult in the Colon Free Trade Zone.
June – hosted stakeholder meetings and roundtable discussions in Singapore with a view to establishing multi-sectoral relationships.
June – following a successful two-day evaluation mission, Crime Stoppers Ukraine was granted affiliation status.
July, Region 3 – coordinated an anti-illicit trade capacity building workshop in Trinidad for police, customs, IP officials, and representatives from the Manufacturers’ Association and Chamber of Commerce. A comprehensive public awareness campaign followed.
August – selected by International Air Transport Association (IATA) and ROUTES Partnership (ie USAID, WWF, IATA) to develop an industry-specific Wildlife Trafficking Reporting mobile app for use globally by the aviation industry.
August, Region 3 – received special recognition at the Annual INTERPOL Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean Region, for its role in disseminating ‘Red Alerts’ for wanted fugitives believed to be resident in El Salvador.
September – the inaugural Filipino Crime Stoppers entity was established in Mandalyoung, Philippines.
September, Region 3 – coordinated an anti-illicit trade capacity building workshop including product authentication training in Barbados, attended by police, customs, IP officials, and representatives from the Manufacturers’ Association and Chamber of Commerce.
September, Region 7 – since launching in mid-2018, Crimestop’s self-harm/suicide intervention program has saved 112 lives. The program is alerted when a Facebook algorithm detects an imminent suicide threat, launching a rapid online investigation, followed by activation of a local 24/7 negotiator.
October – conducted the 40th Annual CSI Conference in Singapore with the theme, Cybercrime: creating partnerships to mitigate cyber threats. It was attended by representatives from INTERPOL, ASEANAPOL, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and other law enforcement agencies, plus UK Intellectual Property Office, IATA, WWF, The Mekong Club, Asia Pacific banks, EuroCham Singapore and others.
October – presented the CSI Annual Awards recognising individuals, programs, activities and campaigns from around the world for excellence and contribution to the achievement of the CSI vision.
October – in recognition of our reporting platforms being a key tool to combat financial crime, CSI was invited to join the GCFFC (Global Coalition to Combat Financial Crime) alongside EUROPOL, WEF, Refinitiv, RUSI, Fleishman Hillard and the Institute of International Finance.
October, Region 2 – presented at the Fraud Anti-Counterfeiting Conference in Toronto attended by brand managers of the largest manufacturers around the world, politicians and law enforcement representatives.
November – signed an MOU with financial crime intelligence specialist, RisikoTek, to explore the building of a shared intelligence centre with a focus on financial crime and money laundering.
November – partnered with INTERPOL on its global Business Email Compromise cyber campaign.
December, Region 5 – an illicit trade tip-off to Crime Stoppers launched a major operation by NZ Customs resulting in the seizure of 2 million cigarettes, three properties worth NZ$6 million, NZ$4 million in cash, two luxury cars and the arrest of three individuals. A subsequent search of two sea containers en-route to New Zealand found another 700,000 cigarettes. Customs believe the offending spanned several years with revenue evaded of at least NZ$18 million.
December, Region 5 – partnered with Airbnb to deliver safety information sessions to the platform’s hosts and their guests via a dedicated online portal.
All year, Region 6 – Crime Stoppers Western Pacific maintained its active seat on the Human Trafficking Intervention Coalition, a regional group comprising local and federal law enforcement, government and non-profit support groups.
All year, Region 7 – the #Take Back the Tax campaign, that calls on South Africa’s authorities to act against the trade of illicit cigarettes which accounts for R8 billion per annum in lost tax revenue, disrupted the operations of several major distributors.