Crime Stoppers is a partnership of the public, police and media that provides the community with a proactive program for people to assist the police anonymously to solve crimes, thereby contributing to an improved quality of life.
How Crime Stoppers Works:
Each week, the media appeals for information about unsolved crimes that are highlighted in television, radio spots, newspaper articles and in various social media outlets such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Individuals who have any information that will assist investigators are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS. Crime Stoppers takes information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls are not recorded and Crime Stoppers does not have call display, guaranteeing that your identity remains anonymous. People providing information will be given a secret code number. If your tip leads to an arrest, you may earn a cash reward of up to $2,000, which can be claimed with your code number. You will never be asked to identify yourself or testify in court.
Who Operates Crime Stoppers?
A group of concerned citizen volunteers serve on the Board of Directors to oversee the Toronto Crime Stoppers program. Board members meet regularly to manage and promote the program, raise funds and authorize reward payments. The Toronto Police Service provides a coordinator to manage the day-to-day operations, police officers to promote the School Crime Stoppers program and staff to take tips called into the Crime Stoppers hot line.
The Origins of Crime Stoppers:
Crime Stoppers was the brainchild of Canadian-born Greg MacAleese, a Detective with the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico. In 1976, Greg had run out of leads in a homicide investigation and out of frustration had appealed to the public for assistance. He went so far as to produce the first crime re-enactment, which was aired on local television, and also made available for radio and the press. Anyone providing information regarding this murder was to be eligible for a cash reward. Within hours of the broadcast, an individual called in valuable information that resulted in the arrest and conviction of two suspects who were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. The growth has been dramatic with Crime Stoppers programs implemented in more than 1,300 communities worldwide. In November 1982, Calgary became the first Canadian city to start the program, followed by Edmonton in 1983. Hamilton was the first city in Ontario to implement the program and there are currently over 90 programs across Canada with over 10 programs in Ontario. Toronto Crime Stoppers began in 1984, and today is still one of the largest programs in the world.


If you have any information about a serious crime, please call Crime Stoppers. If your tip leads to an arrest or assists in solving a crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward. You will never have to give your name, testify in court and Crime Stoppers doesn't have call display. Call Crime Stoppers locally at 416-222-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS or use our secure online form. Copyright © 2008 Toronto Crime Stoppers. All Rights Reserved
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