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Crime Stoppers' press release - August 2017

The Lanark County Crime Stoppers Board is actively seeking new members. The board is seeking individuals who would enjoy contributing their time and talents to a successful organization that works with local law enforcement to help solve and prevent crime across the county.

Crime Stoppers was established in the eastern sector of Lanark County in 1992 and was initially called Carleton Place/Almonte Crime Stoppers. Later the area of operation was expanded and the name was changed to Mississippi/ Tay Crime Stoppers. Along the way and board joined forces with Lanark County Wildlife Crime Stoppers and most recently took the name Lanark County County Crime Stoppers (LCCS) which better reflects their area of responsibility within the provincial Crime Stoppers network.

The Board of Directors is currently comprised of eight members who carry out the various programs and duties of a Crime Stoppers board of management.

The board is supported by a dedicated Police Coordinator, a member of the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. In addition the board employs a part-time, civilian Public Coordinator who works in conjunction with the board members and police coordinator.

The LCCS board meets one Wednesday a month at the Carleton Place OPP Station to review monthly progress which includes tips, payouts, finances, public awareness projects and other relevant business that needs to be discussed.

LCCS participates in various activities across the county including public awareness booths at fairs, programs run in high schools (including video and poster contests). County 'Crimes of the Week' news releases are prepared and distributed to local media.

Each summer fishing lures are purchased by Crime Stoppers with the logo and 1-800 number printed on them. They are passed out by the hundreds on the waters of the Mississippi River and lake system by OPP Marine Unit officers. Sponsorships include county bike rodeos and LCCS partners with Circle K (former Macs Milk). LCCS maintains public awareness signs on most major county roads.

Members enjoy participating in a number of public activities and hand out hundreds of balloons at community events and festivals annually.

The public coordinator continues to offer presentations at schools across the county on how to identify and report crimes.

LCCS members attend provincial and regional conferences and the Lanark board hosts certain activities in an effort to keep informed about what is happening at the regional, provincial, national and international levels of Crime Stoppers. Working with other groups and individuals helps bring new and creative ideas to the table.

Lanark County Crime Stoppers can offer you a rewarding volunteer opportunity as a member of their board of directors. If being a board member isn't something you can commit to right now, but you would like to assist Crime Stoppers in some way, please contact the organization. If you are a secondary school student in Lanark County who needs volunteer hours, LCCS may have some work for you.

If you wish to apply to be a member of the LCCS board of directors, or you would like to help the organization in some other way, please write to: Lanark County Crime Stoppers, 15 Coleman Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4N9. All correspondence received is confidential.

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Crime Stoppers is an international program that brings the public, the media and law enforcement agencies together in a cooperative effort to help solve crime. This is accomplished by offering Cash Awards and Guaranteed Anonymity to persons who furnish information leading to the arrest of, or laying of charges, against criminal offenders.

Lanark County Crime Stoppers is a community-based affiliate of the program, and covers the geographic area of Lanark County except for the municipality of Smiths Falls. Our operation is funded entirely by donations from private individuals and the corporate sector. As a registered charity we will issue official receipts for tax deduction purposes.

Crime Stoppers encourages any individual who has knowledge of any crime to submit their information using either the tips web site or the toll free tips telephone service. They will not be asked to give their name or any other identifying information. Their anonymity is guaranteed and they will not have to testify in court. Detailed information about submitting a tip will be found at Submit a Tip. If their information provides clues that are responsible for the successful solution of a crime, the tipster could earn up to $2,000 as a reward.

Crime Stoppers has proven to be an effective weapon against crime. At present there are over 700 programs in Canada, the United States and in Europe. In Canada statistics show that for every dollar paid out, over $50 in property and drugs is recovered.

Further information on the Crime Stoppers program can be found using the navigation menu on the left. In particular, the Bulletin provides some current information on issues and activities for Lanark County Crime Stoppers.

Please contact Constable Howard Huggard at 613-267-2626 for further information or a response to your needs.

Last updated September 4, 2017

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