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Northern Hospitality Rock Solid
From the moment the 200 plus attendees arrived at the because when compounded little things can lead to a
19th annual Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers monumental outcome." Walrath added that this is what
Training Conference in Sudbury, they knew they were he felt Crime Stoppers is.
in for a memorable time. The weekend started off with The annual general meeting was held on Sunday
many enjoyable activities for those arriving early and to afternoon and was followed by a Crime Stoppers
celebrate Saturday's meet and greet, delegates were motorcade to Science North where guests were treated
promised "bright lights" at Inco Pit. This 10:00 pm slag to dinner and an evening of exploration. Delegates at
pour was quite spectacular & was arranged specifically this venue got to get close and personal with some of
for guests at the conference. Coupled with samples of nature's most beautiful butterflies, see an IMAX film,
some of Sudbury's "wildest" dishes (the moose was my experience a bush plane ride, and check out all the neat
particular favorite), the evening was a great success. things that Science North has to offer.
The official opening ceremonies occurred on May 29th Monday and Tuesday offered many interesting training
complete with international, national and provincial sessions, networking opportunities and motivational
guests and many local dignitaries. Each speaker speakers. Delegates learned, laughed and cultivated
welcomed attendees to Sudbury & provided their best friendships old and new.
wishes for a successful conference. Delegates also
Sunday night's gala dinner served to celebrate the
greeted this year's Sergeants at Arms - Ed Loren & Joe
commradery which has become the backbone of Crime
Staziak (aka Eric Jorgenson the viking pictured below).
Stoppers programs in Ontario. In addition, a spontaneous
fundraiser held at the gala saw six brave souls shave
their heads to raise money to help Sudbury with
conference costs (see picture on page 6).
After being addressed by two very talented motivational
speakers on Monday, the conference was officially
closed and the banner was turned over to York Crime
Stoppers who will host the 2006 conference. As vehicles
hit the road for the trip home everyone knew that the
2005 OACS Training Conference certainly was a "Rock
Solid Experience." Congratulations should go out to the
entire conference committee on a job well done!
CSI President Steve Walrath welcomed guests by (If anyone would like to see pictures from the conference, please
email Constable Al Kuzenko at email@example.com
telling them that, "Individual actions can actually have and he will forward them as soon as they are available).
as great an impact as history's greatest meteorites
contents President’s Message
OACS Training Conference Page 1 Summer has finally come, which means a lot of work on
the outside is now getting done. If the weather would
President’s Message Page 2 & 3 just stabilize, everything would be great.
OACS Reward Payment Guidelines Page 3 The Sudbury conference is over, and what a conference
it was. I would never have thought that I would be
Program News & Notes Page 4 & 5 swearing in at the opening ceremonies as Sergeant-at-
Arms, a person born in 325 AD (I guess in Sudbury,
More Program Happenings Page 6 things are done differently......)! A great big thank you
CCSA / Technology Page 7 goes to the Sudbury conference committee and their
program for putting on a tremendous event. Food was
CSI update Page 8 excellent as well as the venues and I hope all of you who
attended took home extra knowledge that can be
shared with the rest of your board of directors. A
tremendous job, well done Sudbury. A program works
hard to host an event such as the one we just
experienced, and it behooves all of us to stay till the
Yo u r i n p u t i s closing ceremonies.
needed! We look forward now to York Region for 2006 and wish
them well in their progress.
Please send any As you read this letter, you will be happy to know that
correspondence to: the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional
Services has once again given a grant to the Ontario
The Ontario Association of Association of Crime Stoppers for the “after hours”
telephone services. We are exceedingly grateful for their
Crime Stoppers News generosity in this respect as this will now extend our
c/o Crime Stoppers of Haldimand-Norfolk & contract with Alternative Answers to June 30, 2006.
Tillsonburg, Inc. An application has been submitted to the Trillium
PO Box 66 Foundation to cover the cost of each program’s
Simcoe, ON upgrade to version 4 of their TipSoft software. This
N3Y 4K8 application also included a request to cover each program’s
Email firstname.lastname@example.org cost for a three year period of e-transfer of tips as well
(please mark subject "OACS News") as a three year period of a web tip link. We are waiting
to hear from Trillium on the outcome of this application
Fax (519) 429-3137
and you will be advised as soon as we have heard.
Please mark all correspondence: With the advent of technology like TipSoft and the
Attention: Lisa Wies, Editor internet, Crime Stopper programs are able to move tips
seamlessly from one program to another not only
throughout the province, but from province to province
•• Thanks goes out to OPP GHQ-
and nation to nation. Our thinking must change from
Crime Prevention Section,
that of 39 separate programs in Ontario to one program
Investigation Bureau for sponsoring with 39 portals for tipsters to access and give their data.
the printing c o s t s o f We have a common telephone number now not only in
t h i s p u b l i c a t i o n & t o S e c o n d Av e Ontario, but Canada and with the US coming on board,
Printing, Simcoe for their assistance continued on page 3
with proofs. ••
OACS Guidelines changes
As per a memo sent out by the OACS and written by Cst Dean Rutherford, Grey Bruce
The Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers has been Reward Payments
asked to review Chapter G – Section 5 of the OACS
5a) As a general rule, the program that investigates the
Operational Guidelines with respect to the claiming of
tip and solves the crime claims the statistics regardless
statistics and claiming of rewards as it pertains to tips
of the origin of the tip and shall be responsible for
originating from other Crime Stopper programs.
approving and paying the reward.
This topic was first tabled at the Legal Issues Seminar
In cases where the tip is forwarded to another pro-
on April 23rd 2005 during the coordinators “break out
gram, the program receiving the original tip will remain
session” and was followed up during the OACS AGM
responsible for the delivery of the reward payment
on May 29, 2005. During these discussions all participants
to the tipster and will then request reimburse-
were provided an opportunity to voice their opinions
ment from the program solving the crime.
and in the absence of any dissenting views the OACS
proceeded to “draft” an amendment to the present 5b) It is strongly encouraged that negotiations be
guidelines. conducted between coordinators on a case-by-case
basis where tip information spans more than one
Supporters of the amendment noted that the present
program jurisdiction or the tip originates from another
policy does not clearly identify which program is to claim
program and that this negotiation occur prior to
the stats when a tip is received from an outside program.
reward payment determination.
Presently the guidelines only stipulate, “As a general
rule, the program that claims the statistics regarding a In the event that an agreement cannot be reached on
crime shall be responsible for paying the reward.” the tip payment process, it is the responsibility of each
coordinator to inform their respective Board Chairs
The general consensus for the new policy at the above
and implement the provisions of the “Problem –
noted discussion was, that the program that receives a
Dispute Resolution Process” as outlined in the
tip for investigation within their jurisdiction, should claim
the statistics if the tip is successful regardless of the origin
of the tip & approve and pay the reward. As in the past, Cst Dean Rutherford has been tasked with gathering
if the tipster is outside of the Crime Stoppers program feedback from programs regarding these amendments
area, the coordinator will make payment arrangements to the Operational Guidelines and will be forwarding
with the coordinator of the program receiving the tip. them to the OACS for consideration. Any further
comments can sent to Dean via e-mail at
This process will allow a program's statistics to be
reflective of the success of Crime Stoppers tips as a
whole, regardless of a tips origin. It will also assist
programs in harvesting support for their own local
program by providing information with an accurate
President's Message continued....
account of how Crime Stoppers is fighting crime in local one number for all of North America. Mind boggling
neighborhoods. when one thinks of this concept. Crime Stoppers is
Example: The statement, “Tips to Crime Stoppers of growing, and along with that concept, new ideas and
York Region have resulted in the seizure of $20 million changes must occur.
in seized narcotics in the Region,” would be inaccurate All is quiet as I write this update letter, so I will take this
if in fact they had sent a tip to London Crime Stoppers time to wish all of you a very happy summer and wish
that resulted in a $10 million dollar seizure in the City of each of you a safe and enjoyable holiday.
The following are proposed amendments to the existing
guidelines. Section 5(a) sets out the procedures and
section 5(b) sets out the Negotiation and “Problem –
Dispute Resolution Process.”
What's happening around the province...
Wellington Crime Stoppers Sarnia Lambton
Congratulations goes out to Mike Blythe, Wellington on Thanks to Constable Murray Finch for keeping everyone
being awarded the Rotarian "Paul Harris" award. This informed of all the latest initiatives coming out of Sarnia
award celebrates outstanding achievements in Lambton. Great work Murray.
volunteerism. Mike was honored for his work with Bail or Jail
Crime Stoppers. Way to go Mike! With over $64,000 in pledges from 109 people participating
in Sarnia Lambton's annual Bail or Jail, one could say
First Nations Crime Stoppers update that the program had a successful day. Program
Thanks to Detective Sergeant Alex Williamson for keeping members were blown away by the generosity of the
us up to date on this very important development. citizens of Sarnia Lambton and by the event's supporters
Progress is being made in the area of development of - TVCogeco and Staples Business Depot, to mention
the initial "stand alone" First Nations Crime Stoppers only a few.
program. OPP Provincial Crime Stoppers Coordinator, The program boasts being the highest dollar raiser for
Alex Williamson, has made presentations to the Moose Bail or Jails in Ontario for the third straight year (yearly
Factory Cree Band Council as well as to the average $62,000)!
Mushkegowuk Grand Chief and his Council. The OACS
were pleased to have two representatives of the
Mushkegowuk Council at our Legal issues Seminar in
Gravenhurst in April and it is anticipated that this
program will commence later this year.
Sault Ste Marie & Algoma
Thanks to Gord Dunseath for this update and to Sault
This Week and Tom Stephenson for the photo.
AN ODD VEHICLE-This vehicle, known as the "Treasure
Trunk" was the focus of Crime Stoppers' 50-50 draw
for Father's Day 2005. (From left) Debbie Jo Linklater,
Pictured from left to right are Canadian Idol Contestant Joshua
Florence Bertolo and Gordon Dunseath of Crime
Seller (who calls himself a performing artist from Lambton County);
Stoppers invited all to stop by this vehicle anytime it Sarnia Lambton's mascot and Constable Murray Finch at the
was out and about to purchase tickets. program's 2005 Bail or Jail. Josh was one of the celebrity judges at
the fundraiser and proved to be quite a crowd creator.
Erica Valliancourt was drawn the winner of the 50/50
draw and claimed $1139 as her prize. Crime Stoppers Bike Helmet Awareness Kick-off
Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers kicked off their 4th
annual Bicycle Helmet Awareness initiative on May 2,
2005 at King George VI School in Sarnia. 4000 tickets
will be given out by local law enforcement officers all
summer long to the youth in Sarnia Lambton who are
caught properly wearing their bicycle helmets. A draw
will be made in September and the winning rider will
receive a free bicycle donated by Royal Bank. In addition
to this their parents will win one free Tim Hortons moun-
tain bike for encouraging their kids to wear their bike
The total value of these bikes is over $4000.
What's happening around the province...
London and District London Humane Society Partnership
The following gives a full summary of happenings in Plans for the creation of a joint 18 month calendar
London. Thanks Eileen Harrison for this input. between London Crime Stoppers and the London
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Humane Society are well underway. The project funding
Over 85 people attended the annual volunteer appreciation of $25,000 has been acknowledged by the Ontario
luncheon on March 23. This event gave us the Trillium Grant Foundation. The goal of the calendar
opportunity to say thanks to our many supporters. campaign is to make the community aware that cruelty
to animals is a crime and should be reported. This
Annual Gala Dinner/Dance calendar will help to educate the community about the
Our 2nd Annual Crime Stoppers Black Tie Gala was partnership between Crime Stoppers and the London
held on April 16 & featured a “Salute to Joe Fontana” who Humane Society. The calendars will be on sale at both
has been serving the London community since 1979. Crime Stopper and Humane Society booths at
Annual School Workshop community events such as the Western Fair, Air Fest,
The annual school workshop was held on May 6 at the etc. and various fundraising events.
RCMP Headquarters. Attendees from 25 area schools
were treated to a guest speaker and presentations. Senior Crime Stoppers
Annual Jailathon Thanks to Detective Sergeant Alex Williamson for this
This year's Jailathon was held on May 18 at the update on this very important development.
Westmount Mall and was considered very successful The OACS Seniors Crime Stoppers Committee recently
by all in attendance. received $16,200 funding from the Ministry of
London International Air Fest Community Safety and Correctional Services for the
London and District Crime Stoppers was once again establishment of a Seniors Crime Stoppers initiative.
asked to man a Pepsi booth at the airshow which was The funding will be used to develop a CD-ROM (plus
held June 24-26. Not only is this event a nice way to VHS format) training medium for all Ontario Crime
raise some extra funds (approximately $500) but it provides Stoppers programs targeting crimes impacting our
great exposure for the program. Seniors population plus an explanation of the good
Annual Golf Tournament work we do in Crime Stoppers.
Plans are underway for our 17th Annual Golf The Committee will be approaching the Ontario Trillium
Tournament which is scheduled for September 9 at Foundation to seek funding for "seniors" handout items
Bear Creek Golf Club in Strathroy. Entry for the day is during these anticipated presentations such as: jar
$100. Contact London for more information. openers, "fanny" bags and magnifying apparatus to
Western Fair Crime Stoppers Booth assist seniors in reading small print items. The commit-
This year will mark the 130th anniversary of the Western tee is chaired by OPP Provincial Crime Stoppers
Fair which runs from September 9 – 18. This is a unique Coordinator Alex Williamson and consists of OACS
opportunity to educate people and to promote Crime members Eileen Harrison, John Harrison and Ed
Stoppers in order to raise our profile in the community. Lemont along with others with expertise in the field of
With a goal of promoting Student Crime Stoppers at all
school levels, we currently have active school 2005 OACS Executive
programs in over 25 local high schools, with the hope President - Fred Hicks
of also becoming active within the elementary school 1st Vice President - Gary Murphy
system in the future. London Crime Stoppers is planning 2nd Vice President - Pat Gillie
it's annual school symposium which is slated for
Secretary - Tricia Hoban
October 2005. Stay tuned for more
Treasurer - Dan Nairn
More program news Canadian Cable Partnership
by Ralph Page, CCSA President
Haldimand, Norfolk & Tillsonburg The CCSA recently signed an agreement with the
Jailbirds for Crime Stoppers of Haldimand, Norfolk and Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association for
Tillsonburg raised over $30,000 at the program’s second the period from March 1, 2005 to February 28, 2006.
annual “Jail or Bail” fundraiser on June 2, 2005. The objectives of the agreement in brief are as follows:
More than 30 participants were charged with offenses • That CCTA will promote the Crime Stoppers Program
such as “Cultivation of visually addictive flowers and on a national basis.
shrubs” in accordance with the “Tip Toe Through the • That CCSA will promote this sponsorship and assist in
Tulips” Act and “Attacking ‘bad hair’ days” in the solving of crimes involving members of CCTA in
accordance with the “Edward Scissor Hands, Eat Your accordance with existing Crime Stoppers practices
Heart Out” Act. (the CCTA will reimburse Crime Stoppers programs at
Shenanigans occurred throughout the day as some jail- a rate of 150% for rewards regarding successful tips
birds came dressed in costume (Baby Jane, The Three on the theft of cable or satellite signals.
Amigos, a gorilla and even a nun) or brought props to • The CCTA is developing, will distribute and air television
ease their experience (Popeye cigarettes, water pistols commercials to be broadcast on local community
and a cake with a file in it!!). A great time was had by all. channels within the service area of participating
companies, as well as on the local avails of US
specialty services (ie CNN, A&E, TLC, Speed, Golf,
Spike, CNN Headline and BET (where available)).
This agreement will require us to report on a monthly
basis to CCTA of any appropriate tips received and their
disposition. Details will be provided to your Provincial /
Territorial Director who in turn will pass them along.
We expect this agreement will only help to increase
the profile of Crime Stoppers nationally in particular
due to the fact that the ads will be appearing on cable
channels previously not including in our affiliation with
Pictured above is Baby Jane (aka Larry Dawson, manager of the
Simcoe Town Centre Mall where the fundraiser was held) being
brought in by police answering everyone's question of, "What
REALLY happened to Baby Jane?" Dawson raised close to $2000.
of the OACS (OAB)
1988 - 1989 Colin Kennedy - Brant-Brantford
1989 - 1990 Kevin Vincent - Timmins
1991 - 1992 Marg Illman - Chatham Kent Pictured are most of the brave souls who volunteered to have their
1993 Marla Moon - Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka heads shaved at the OACS Training Conference Gala Ball. From left
to right are Tony Leith, Peterborough director; Constable Ian
1993 Harry Coulson - Toronto & Regional McEwan, Coordinator, Peterborough; RCMP Officer Ralph
1994 - 1997 Vern Houston - St Thomas Hoshoian, London RCMP; Detective Constable John Magee,
1997 - 2000 Ed Lemont - Waterloo Regional Coordinator, Peterborough; Jason MacPhee Peterborough director.
2000 - 2003 Bill Sulston - Waterloo Regional Missing from this photo Detective Constable Paul Shaughnessy
Coordinator, Peterborough. Thanks to Constable Lois Kaastra, St
2003 - present Fred Hicks - Waterloo Regional
Thomas for submitting this photo.
CCSA News Technology Survey o
A big thanks goes out to Ralph Page, Chairperson for Thanks to Pat Gillie, Hamilton for a summary of the
the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association for technology survey which was originally mailed out to
submission of this article. all programs in April 2005.
A very big thank you is in order for the Sudbury At Legal Issues, time was taken to review the status of
Rainbow Crime Stoppers Program for their hospitality technology to assist in the operation of our Crime
during the recent OACS Conference, held in Sudbury. Stoppers programs. Following is a short summary of
The conference was very well organized and had the completed survey results from 31 of the 39 Crime
excellent content both from a training standpoint as Stoppers programs in Ontario (79 percent).
well as from a social aspect. I enjoyed the opportunity All boards have at least a desktop computer and black
to attend and meet a lot of you in person. printer (25 laptops, 22 colour printers were also reported).
At the Canadian level we are busy working on Only seven reported a LCD projector. The board
accreditation for the voting to take place at the budget covers the cost of maintaining this equipment
upcoming CSI Conference in Calgary. Programs need (90 percent or 28 Boards). Also indicated were
to be accredited for both the voting at the CSI AGM and donor/sponsor contributions and some police service
at our AGM. Your provincial Directors, Fred Hicks and or a combination. Most boards reported that their
Bill Sulston will be in touch in this regard. computers were maintained by an outside contractor,
We have prepared a draft proposal for our Legal or volunteer board member or board member associ-
Reserve fund as well as for reimbursement of expenses ate. Only four specifically listed the coordinator as
for CCSA Directors and expect to table for approval at having some responsibility for maintaining computers.
the Calgary Conference. At that time we will be able to About 75 percent (23 boards) reported having an active
provide full details of both. website, & about 58 percent (18) say it is up to date. Few
Just a quick reminder to make sure any calls received in websites are linked to OACS, CCSA or CSI. Sixteen
connection with Cable or Satellite signal theft are to be boards (50 percent) reported using the webboard occasionally.
reported directly to CCTA (Canadian Cable and Two of the 31 boards use online tips. The reasons for
Television Association - see page 6) in accordance not using online tips break down to five points:
with our agreement with them. They will investigate • concern about security of these tips
the tip initially and if deemed to be significant and valid • maintaining anonymity
will in turn pass on to the RCMP for further action. The • inability to probe the tipster
reason the RCMP are involved is due to the cable and • need for training
satellite signal theft, being a federal matter. If you have • insufficient manpower.
not received the reporting format or details on where to The solution is pointing to a universal on-line tip site
send the tips please contact Fred Hicks who will send similar to the 1-800 number.
you the details.
There were many positive comments about Tipsoft.
Looking forward to seeing you all again in Calgary. Have Online training was highly supported, as long as it is
a great summer. user friendly, easily available, and affordable. The goal
for OACS has to be to continue to find and support in
2006 Conference as many ways as possible the use of technologies that
are relevant to Crime Stoppers.
Mark your calendars for the 2006 OACS Provincial
Training Conference which will be held in York Region.
Visit www.crimestoppersyr.ca for more information. Editor's message....
Thanks to everyone who has continued to forward
Check your program's links at information for the newsletter. Please send any
www.canadiancrimestoppers.org articles, pictures or news to me care of the
information on page two. Deadline for the last issue
and at www.csimdata.com
of 2005 is October 31, 2005.
Crime Stoppers International
News and Notes w
Thanks to CSI Vice-President Gary Murphy for this Thanks to CSI President Steve Walrath for this update on the
submission. Read on to find out all the latest CSI News. latest CSI news.
The CSI Spring Board meeting, held in Calgary on May As CSI moves into a new era of existence, a refreshing
5 & 6 was a very successful meeting. It was the epitome era of professionalism and integrity have taken root. With
of professionalism with a board focused on succeeding these new characteristics infusing optimism, credibility &
on the delivery of five international issues - communication, vision into daily decisions & conversations, Crime Stoppers
resources & assistance, marketing branding, training, everywhere are demonstrating the impact its always been
and growth and expansion. Police representatives from capable of in the fight against crime & terrorism.
the RCMP, the FBI and Scotland Yard each committed
Internationally, the creation of the Crime Stoppers
their ongoing support at the international level. Michael
Gordon Gibson of Scotland Yard, had been vocal in International Foundation is the first step to securing the
questioning the value of CSI to those programs in the economic engine that will power the initiatives of CSI and
UK and Europe and by the end of this meeting, voiced each nation/region. The CSI Foundation is a separate
his full support for the direction CSI and the process board of directors who have taken on the goal of securing
being used to accomplish goals. the resources needed to assist in fulfilling the mission of
Crime Stoppers through local programs around the
Some of the items discussed are as follows;
* Historically Crime Stoppers has paid only on arrest and world. In the near future, you’ll be hearing about the first
CSI has adopted the position that we are encouraging two initiatives that will deliver services and funding directly
programs to consider paying on a successful tip. For to local programs through the nation/region.
example a program may receive a tip which the coordinator CitizenObserver is the first such project to be launched in
feels was good, but did not lead to an arrest. This may the U.S. and shortly in Canada, with Tomar Electronics to
be good intelligence or information which the police follow. Further information on the work of the CSI
did not have but is assisting them in their investigation. Foundation can be found at: www.c-s-i-f.org.
CSI believes that programs should consider paying As announced publically for the first time at the Ontario
awards for this type of information. Crime Stopper conference in Sudbury, CSI has been
* Region 4 previously referred to as the United approved for consultive status with the United Nations for
Kingdom, will now be known as Europe. For anyone non-government organizations. What a tremendous
who would like to attend the European Conference, it opportunity to spread the Crime Stoppers mission by
will be held in Wales on November 10th & 11th. connecting the dots on a global scale through the United
* The existing bylaws are being amended to reflect the Nations. CSI is also pursuing this same type of relationship
changes which took place on January 1, 2005. The with the International Association of Chiefs of Police,
specific changes will be posted on the CSI webboard Interpol and Europol.
and in the upcoming issue of "The Caller." The Crime Stoppers European region is initiating steps to
• CSI is currently formulating a set of credentials for the expand into Spain through a tip-taking system that is
member nation/regions and it will the responsibility of routed through the UK Crime Stoppers. This is a typical
the nation/regions to ensure that its members are in way to start a new program to show potential police
compliance with these as well. agencies how successful the Crime Stoppers system can
• The 2007 Conference has received interest from two be while maintaining complete standards of anonymity.
programs wishing to host this conference and they I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation
are; DesMoines Iowa, and Bermuda to the Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers and the OACS
If you have not already booked for the Calgary conference, for the invitation to speak and teach at their recent
please do so soon. The host hotel is now full and the conference. The expressions of support and enthusiasm
Palliser (3 minute walk away) is the second hotel, and it for the Crime Stoppers revolution were gratefully accepted
is starting to receive applications. 500 to 600 and very evident in every aspect of the local program
delegates are expected based on past conference operations and in the execution of the conference itself.
trends (350 delegates were registered by April 30). Thank you and best wishes for continued success.