Toronto Crime Stoppers Community Safety Success in 2020,
Thousands of tips result in hundreds of charges and multimillion-dollar drug seizures
Broadcast time: 11:00
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Unit: Crime Stoppers
More than 7,000 tips were received by Toronto Crime Stoppers in 2020 under a new format which sees money put back into communities.
Since the program launched in 1984, it has taken more than 167,000 tips. Following a re-brand, the organization now channels funds into neighbourhoods impacted by crime instead of paying cash rewards.
In recognition of Crime Stoppers Month, Coordinator Milton Ferguson, Chair Sean Sportun and Toronto Police Service Chief James Ramer updated the media today on the successes of 2020. A total of 7,186 tips were received resulting in over $2.1 million of illegal narcotics seized, 67 arrests and 250 charges laid. This ultimately helped the Toronto Police Service solve cases of gun violence, homicides, robberies, sexual assaults and human trafficking investigations and more.
"Despite the challenges our program faced with not being able to deploy traditional community engagement efforts during the pandemic, Toronto Crime Stoppers remained resilient in our efforts to combat crime issues in our city while looking at ways to enhance the safety for our citizens," said Sean Sportun, Chair of Toronto Crime Stoppers.
"The success of our program is a testament to the community we serve that empowers a movement of a crime free Toronto," he added.
Every time a tip is provided to Toronto Crime Stoppers, it gives police one more opportunity to solve a crime and it gives the community one more chance to reclaim its neighbourhood from crime and violence.
See It, Say It, Stop It. Doing What's Right Is Its Own Reward.
For further information, please contact Crime Stoppers Coordinator Milton Ferguson at 416-808-7260 or Chair Sean Sportun at 416-904-3805.
For more information about Toronto Crime Stoppers, visit 222tips.com.
Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Milton Ferguson, Toronto Crime Stoppers