How It Got Started…
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 aired on local television, and was 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 1,200 communities worldwide. In November 1982, Calgary became the first Canadian city to start the program, followed by Hamilton in 1983. Hamilton was the first city in Ontario to implement the program and there are currently over 112 programs across Canada with 38 programs in Ontario.
In 1986 the Crime Stoppers Program was started in Durham and became part of the Toronto and Reion Crime Stoppers Boards (TRCSB) made up of Metro Toronto, Peel, York and Durham. Each region had its own board with representation on the TRCSB. In 1989 Durham Region Crime Stoppers obtained its own Charter and Not For Profit status and resigned from the Toronto and Region Crime Stoppers Board.