Crime Stoppers began in 1976. A Canadian-born detective by the name of Greg MacAleese, working in Albuquerque, New Mexico was investigating a gas station hold-up. Unfortunately, there were no leads and the investigation came to a stop after 6 weeks.
MacAleese believed that for every person that committed a crime, there was at least one other person who knew about it. He also believed that people were afraid of repercussions after coming to the Police with information.
MacAleese made cash rewards available for individuals willing to offer information. Within 48 hours of posting the reward, the Police had two people arrested and later convicted.
This was the birth of our Crime Stoppers program that is now executed all across the Country.
Crime Stoppers has three major components that work in conjunction with local police departments to solve crimes and help keep communities safe. With over 1000 programs world wide, Crime Stoppers serves as a valuable asset to any law enforcement agency.
The international branch of Crime Stoppers received standing recognition with the United Nations in 2006. The Canadian branch has over 90 Crime Stoppers programs running throughout the Country.
The Kawartha Haliburton Crime Stoppers (KH Crime Stoppers) program opened their doors in 1989, and over the years has maintained the original principle of helping law enforcement agencies solve crimes and make communities safe.
KH Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the community, the Ontario Provincial Police, Kawartha Lakes Police Service and the media. It provides members of the public the opportunity to anonymously provide information which assists police in solving crimes.
KH Crime Stoppers is run by a volunteer board of directors. We do not receive any government funding. The funds required to operate our program, develop community awareness campaigns and complete community safety programs are raised through donations.