Our regions are very active in coordinating activities and campaigns aimed at mobilizing local and national communities to support to law enforcement efforts through anonymous reporting. Such activities include the implementation of communication campaigns, hosting of regional conferences and facilitation of roundtables and workshops.
The Canadian Crime Stoppers Association held its 1st National Conference, 31st May – 4th June 2018. Hosted by Crime Stoppers of Hamilton, the conference attracted over 160 delegates, key law enforcement partners and other stakeholders from across Canada and the USA. Delegates took part in a combination of plenary sessions and workshops all designed to educate, communicate and celebrate.
Canadian Legal Advisor Bob Gill, joined by Judge Richard Carter, legal advisor to U.S.A. and Chris Somerville, legal advisor to Ontario presented a legal seminar. Delegates participated in the CCSA AGM at which an MOU on illicit trade in wildlife was signed with Environment and Climate Change Canada. CSI CEO Ruud Smulders presented an update on the work of Crime Stoppers International. Workshops specific to Coordinators and to Directors provided training on the essential roles in the operation of the Crime Stoppers program. The conference closed with a plenary introduction about issues related to contraband tobacco.
Crime Stoppers started in 1976 in Albuquerque New Mexico under the leadership of Detective Greg MacAleese. In an attempt to solve a gas bar robbery that resulted in a homicide, MacAleese initiated the idea of a re-enactment of the crime on TV, a special hotline number, a promise of anonymity and a reward. The first Canadian Program launched in Calgary, Alberta in 1982.
It was 35 years ago, in May 1983, when Crime Stoppers was a launched in Hamilton, Ontario. This was the first program in Ontario. Detective Greg MacAleese, the founder, who is Canadian born attended the launch of Crime Stoppers in Hamilton. As part of the celebration of 35 years serving Hamilton, Crime Stoppers of Hamilton welcomed back founder, Greg MacAleese to be part of this first national conference.
Caribbean & Latin America
The Caribbean and Latin America region is very active in the coordination of various forums and roundtables with key stakeholders. Various actions have been taken as a result of these engagements, inclusive of the development and presentation of recommendations to fight illicit trade to the President of Guatemala.
Training workshops on Human Trafficking and Smuggling targeted to the tourism and transportation sectors were recently coordinated in San Salvador, Guatemala City and La Antigua Guatemala in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Airline Ambassadors International, Save the Children and others.