Founded in 1984 by now retired Staff Superintendent Gary Grant, Toronto Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the police, the media and the community that enables concerned members of the public to anonymously provide information on the identity of a criminal or incidents of criminal activity. All Tips received by Toronto Crime Stoppers are forwarded to the appropriate police agency for investigation. Callers are never required to give their name or testify in court and are eligible for a cash reward if their Tips lead to an arrest or a seizure of weapons, drugs or stolen property.
The media plays an important role in the success of Toronto Crime Stoppers by highlighting information on unsolved crimes and wanted persons on radio, television, print and social media. Toronto Crime Stoppers also reaches out to the public on it's website,You Tube, Facebook and Twitter.
Det. Dimitrios Tsianos, the Crime Stoppers Toronto Coordinator, said the program has helped change the face of criminal activity in Toronto while helping build a safer city by partnering with community leaders, media and the Toronto Police Service.
“The success of our community program is based on our unique conduit,” he said. “We offer citizens to anonymously provide police with information about crime or potential crime without fear of retribution.”
Toronto Crime Stoppers is administered by a civilian Board of Directors who are responsible for the approval and payment of cash rewards, fundraising, governance community outreach and the development of public awareness campaigns such as Cash For Guns, Anonymous, Cooking With Molly, and our Hotel de Jeunesse Human Trafficking campaign. Toronto Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and does not receive government funding. The ability to develop effective public awareness campaigns, community outreach programs and the payment of cash rewards is dependent on individual donations and the success of our Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament.
The Toronto Police staff assigned to the program bring information about unsolved crimes or wanted persons to the public's attention, analyze, disseminate and monitor the Tips that are received and make recommendations for cash rewards when a case is solved or a suspect arrested. The officers also participate in community events and have a strong presence in our schools bringing important messages to our vulnerable youth. Topics include bullying and social media awareness.
Toronto Crime Stoppers has a history of success. In 2018 Toronto Crime Stoppers program fielded 12,7013 tips, resulting in 126 arrests, and 463 charges laid. $265,417 in property was recovered, and $1,119,671 in illegal narcotics was seized.
Since inception the program has received 154,771 tips resulting in over 11,250 arrests and 37,875 charges laid with over $64,650,000.00 in property recovered and $333,000,000 in seized narcotics.
For more information on Toronto Crime Stoppers or how to submit a Tip please visit 222tips.com.