Crime Stoppers seeks North Island presence

PORT McNEILL—Delegation from Campbell River lobbies RDMW board for financial assistance for anonymous tip program

PORT McNEILL— Campbell River Crime Stoppers is hoping to expand its footprint in the North Island.

A delegation from the organization appeared at the Jan. 20 Regional District of Mount Waddington board meeting to discuss the program, what it is currently doing in the North Island, and what it would like to do in the future.

“I’m here to shake you down” laughed Campbell River Crime Stoppers President Rob Harris.

“We’re looking for seed money to get our program in this area. We need about $10,000 so we can become self-sufficient,” Harris said.

Those funds would be used for things like operating costs, media releases, advertising, tip rewards, etc.

Campbell River Crime Stoppers, explained Coordinator Pat Patterson, is a not-for-profit charity governed by a civilian community board of directors. Until 2008, a volunteer also filled the coordinator position.

In the spring of 2008, however, the City of Campbell River took ownership of the program and provided funding to employ a coordinator to work 30 hours a week. Patterson currently works out of the Campbell River RCMP detachment.

Additional funding comes from donations, personal and corporate memberships, local service clubs and fund-raising events.

Campbell River Crime Stoppers already has a presence in the Municipal District of Mount Waddington, explained Patterson.

Since 2007, the number of yearly tips from this area has gone from 16 to 32.

Patterson explained tips come in via phone calls, text messages, the Internet, Facebook and Twitter.

Since 1990, a total of 4,854 tips have been received by Campbell River Crime Stoppers, 541 arrests have been made, 1,147 RCMP cases have been cleared, $373,527 worth of property has been recovered and over $8.9 million worth of drugs have been seized thanks to anonymous tips.

While the number of tips is going up, the amount of money being paid out in rewards has gone down from $2,054 in 2013 to $1,400 last year.

“The community doesn’t want to do it for the reward money. They want to do it because it’s the right thing to do,” Patterson said.

“We will definitely put it on our agenda,” said Dave Rushton, chairman of the board of Regional District of Mount Waddington.

 

Just Posted

33rd annual Rotary Auction raises $50,000 gross profit

The Rotary Auction is an annual joint project between the Port Hardy and Port McNeill clubs.

Port Hardy Secondary School girls volleyball team competes in Parksville

The girls volleyball team has a new coach this year, Kenzie McDonald.

Port Alice resident is taken on by a major publisher

As a youth, Wilkie was gigging in a 3-piece punk rock band called Sponge Cookie.

BCTF rejects mediator’s recommendations for settlement

Negotiations between B.C. teachers and the province will continue

First annual North Island Christmas Festival

“If it’s a big success we can do it every year”

VIDEO: Disney Plus gives Canadians a streaming platform that nearly matches U.S. version

The Walt Disney Company’s new subscription platform unveiled a comprehensive offering of nearly 500 films

Nearly half of B.C. drivers nervous in winter conditions: BCAA

‘Wait and see’ approach common practice for 32% of B.C. motorists

Autism support dog refused bus access for being a ‘pet’

B.C. grandmother files complaint with TransLink, calls for better awareness of service dogs

Students plan rally at B.C. education minister’s office as district strike enters third week

Saanich School District students plan to rally outside Rob Fleming’s constituency office in Victoria

Sex assault charge stayed against Port Moody mayor

Rob Vagramov appeared in provincial court in Port Coquitlam

73% of B.C. residents agree with a temporary ban on vaping products: poll

54% say they would not date someone who vapes, Research Co. poll suggests

B.C.’s 13-cent gasoline gap still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Former Vancouver Canucks player suing financial advisors for negligence

Jason Garrison claimed his advisors failed to take his circumstances into account

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

Most Read