Volume 18 – Issue 3 Winter 2012
Campbell River Awards
Fraser Valley Fundraising
Stopping Crime – Chris Doucette
Western Canada Conference Issue
British Columbia Crime Stoppers will hold its
Annual General Meeting as well as the annual
Awards Distribution as part of the Western
Canada Training Conference, taking place in
Calgary AB, May 3-5 2012.
“We see this as an excellent opportunity to
network with Crime Stoppers throughout the
West,” says BC Crime Stoppers Advisory Board
President Rick Ekkel, “Crime Stoppers is very
active throughout Canada and there are a lot of
innovative things being done. This conference
gives us the opportunity to share best-practices
with one another. As usual, there will also be
a coordinator’s session on Thursday, May 3rd
—a tradition of the BC Crime Stoppers Training
Conference. We are looking forward to having
co-ordinators from all over Western Canada get-
Coordinator/Design/Layout - Stephanie Field
Editor/Design - James Nielsen
Graphics/Design - Jordan Venoit
crime stoppers conference
To receive BC Crime Stoppers Quarterly please contact
Executive Editor Tim Kelley
There will not be a separate BC Crime Stoppers
Training Conference held in 2012.
2012 Western Canada Crime Stoppers Training Conference
May 3–5, 2012
City Prov Zip Email
Bus Res Cell Fax
Special Events $175.00
Welcome Reception $40.00
Casino Night $50.00
30th Anniversary Celebration $85.00
Delegate Fee: Welcome reception, casino night, meals, 30th Anniversary Celebration, opening ceremony, and
Spouse Fee: Meals and special events.
Specials Events Fees: Welcome reception, casino night and 30th anniversary celebration
Cheques and money orders are payable to: Calgary Crime Stoppers Association.
Credit Cards are accepted. Please Indicate.
Expiring date Authorized Signature
2012 Conference and Host Hotel: Greenwood Inn & Suites 3515 - 26thstreet. N.E. Calgary, Alberta
Single or Double, Queen $119.00 / Night
King Deluxe $139.00/Night
Please send completed registration form, fees and all direct inquires to:
Crime Stoppers 20XII Registration.
Crime Stoppers 20XII Registration
P.O. Box 5, Station M
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2G Canada
Phone: 403.862.8473 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellations received in writing before April 1st, 2012 will be refunded (less than $100 administrative fee) as
per conference committee policey. Cancellations received after this date will not be accepted or refunded.
However, transferring of registration to other person(s) will be accepted with an additional $25.00 processing
fee. There will be no refunds for missed attendence at the conference.
I understand that I am participating in an all conference-sponsored activities at my own risk.
I hereby release Crime Stoppers International and Calgary Crime Stoppers Association for any and all
liability for property damage, loss, injury or death, which may be encountered during conference
Thursday May 3, 2012
8:30 - 15:30 Coordinators Session
12:00 - 17:00 White Hat Registration
18:00 - 20:00 Western Wellness and Welcome: Join us for a Casual Cowboy Welcome
Friday May 4, 2012
20XII Western Training Conference
May 3–5, 2012, Greenwood Inn & Suites; Calgary & Alberta
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast Round-up
8:45 - 9:45 Official Opening Ceremony
9:45 - 10:00 Nutrional Break
10:00 - 11:30 General Delegate Session: Kicking in the Door - The MGO Experience.
The MGO experience, learn what happens to your MGO tip. Participate with the ALERY (Alberta Law Enforcement Response
Team or Southern Alberta Green Team) in carrying out a warrant and kicking down the door of a Marijuana Grow Operation. A
hands-on experience to MGOs.
11:45 - 13:00 Lunch and Learn
13:15 - 16:00 Provincial Meetings
16:30 - 20:00 Pitch Fork - Dining Network: Enjoy your evening meal at one of the local eateries (most are within walking distance of the
20:00 - 24:00 Legal Fun Frivolity: Bring your jeans, spurs and poker face.
Put on your best western duds and come celebrate a non-traditional western saloon. An evening of saloon style games, contests,
snacks and libations.
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast round up
8:45 - 10:00 Session: Going Viral - Embrace Social Media
Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media and how they can help your program to build followers, raise your community profile
and ultimately help your program levels.
Session: Giving - A Stakeholders Perspective
Corporate giving: who they are giving to, what they are giving and why they are giving. Representatives from the community
giving units of major energy companies will share their thoughts on corporate giving and making yourself stand out from the
hundreds of other not-for-profits competing for their resources.
10:00 - 10:15 Nutritional Break
10:15 - 11:30 Session: Going Viral - Embrace Social Media
Session: Giving - A Stakeholders Perspective
11:45 - 13:00 Lunch and Learn
13:15 - 14:30 Session: Tip Toolds and Call Takers - Chronicles of the Trade
TipSoft and Alternative Answers are critical pieces of the Crime Stoppers puzzle. Full understand their capabilities, limitations
and suggested best practices to help enhance your program efficiencies and provide you with better statistical information.
Session: Share the Knowledge, Lighten the Load
A round table discussion on the best practices, sharing statistics, fundraising ideas, media strategies and other program related
information designed to help your program achieve it’s goals and provide the public with a consistent Crime Stoppers message.
14:30 - !4:45 Nutritional Break
14:45 - !6:00 Session: Tip Tools and Call Takers - Chronicles of the Trade
Session: Share the Knowledge, Lighten the Load
18:00 - !9:00 Cowboy Reception
19:00 - 24:00 30th Anniversary Celebration
Blue Jeans and Bow Ties gala celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the closing of the first ever Western Canadian Crime Stoppers
The “Spousal Program”: In addition to the conference events noted in the registration package, the spouses will partake in a one-day
trip to the famous Cross Iron Mills Mall with a special promotional packages. Other spousal activities are being considered and will
be posted on our website. (www.tttTips.com), please check back.
Please note conference sessions and agenda are subject to change.
RCMP Credit Re-enactment for
Charges in Assault Case
Nanaimo News Bulletin, January 10, 2012
Police are crediting a Crime Stoppers re-enactment
with helping identify a suspect in the beating
and robbery of a woman in a Nanaimo alley
Christopher Douglas Bartos, 19, appeared in
Nanaimo provincial court Dec. 20 where he was
handed a nine-month sentence for assaulting and
robbing a 23-year-old-woman Aug. 5.
The victim was walking to work about 8:30 a.m.
in an alley between Ashlar and Howard avenues
when Bartos allegedly approached and asked for a
As she was rolling a cigarette for him, Bartos hit
her in the head with a hard object and kicked her
repeatedly once she was on the ground before he
grabbed her tobacco and ran off.
Police initially had no suspect for the crime, but
investigators got a break when Bartos turned himself
in to Nanaimo RCMP Aug. 15 over an unrelated
Canada- wide warrant for breaching his parole.
While in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2010, Bartos was
convicted of assault with a weapon, escaping lawful
custody and robbery. He was paroled in early 2011,
but breached parole by coming to Nanaimo instead
of staying at a halfway house in Edmonton.
Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman,
said Bartos’s name came up early in the investigation,
but police had insufficient grounds to arrest
him for the robbery.
Police followed up with a Shaw TV Crime Stoppers
re-enactment which was broadcast in September.
“It’s because of the media exposure and the
Crime Stoppers re-enactment that further information
came to light and we were able to substantiate
the charge against him,” O’Brien said.
host appreciation luncheon
Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers
Host Appreciation Luncheon
Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers
On the 19th January 2012 the Central Okanagan
Crime Stoppers program hosted an appreciation
luncheon at the Coast Capri Hotel to thank our
sponsors and partners.
The event was well attended by our supporters,
the media and local and federal politicians. A
number of awards were presented.
Board President David Demeyere recapped our
accomplishments and statistics for 2011:
• Appreciation awards were presented to our
generous sponsors, Harmony Honda and Interior
Savings Credit Union.
• CHBC Television were presented with the award
they won at the CSI Conference in Jamaica for
Best Feature/Crime Re-enactment.
• Val Palmer from Castanet Media was presented
with an award for her assistance in posting our
Most Wanted and Unsolved Crimes on their
website. Those features receive the most “hits”
and draw traffic to their internet news site.
• Cst. Rolly Williams from the Westbank First Nations
Policing Unit was presented with an award
for his dedication and persistence in following
up on Crime Stoppers tips. His efforts have resulted
in millions of dollars in illegal drugs being
We were very pleased and honoured to have
Kim Bolan, the crime reporter from the Vancouver
Sun, as our guest speaker. Ms. Bolan has written
extensively on the Air India bombing, the Pickton
murders and on the growing gang violence in the
province of BC.
Kim gave a history on how these gangs
emerged, who the main players are and the level
of violence they are capable of. She also spoke on
the effectiveness of the Abbotsford Police Gang
Prevention Program and how it is reducing gang
recruitment in that area. Kim was very supportive
of the Crime Stoppers program and often refers
her “clients” to Crime Stoppers. She believes that
the anonymity of the program should be emphasized
because she knows there are people out
there willing to talk on gang activities, but who
are fearful for their safety. Her presentation was
certainly an eye opener for those in attendance.
There should be more journalists like Kim Bolan
who are not afraid to shed the light on these violent
Crime Stoppers Month,
Crime Stoppers provides citizens with the ability
to supply the police anonymously with information
about a crime or potential crime of which
they have knowledge. As an incentive to those
who wish to report a crime, CRIME STOPPERS offers
a reward of up to $2,000 to anyone who offers
information leading to an arrest for a crime. As
well, rewards may also be available for information
that leads to the recovery of stolen property, the
seizure of illegal drugs or an arrest on an outstanding
Calls to Crime Stoppers are received on a 24
hour basis by trained personnel. This phone is a
stand- alone instrument which does not provide
caller ID, and conversations are not recorded. Calls
are accepted regarding any publicized request for
information, such as “Crime of the Week” or such
other crime(s) the caller has knowledge of.
By guaranteeing a caller`s anonymity Crime
Stoppers allows the caller to give information in
a positive atmosphere without the prospect of
retribution. By offering cash rewards for information
leading to indictment or arrests, the program
encourages otherwise reluctant callers to provide
Since the start of Crime Stoppers, many calls
have been received resulting in thousands of
arrests and recovery of substantial amounts of
property. The success of a Crime Stoppers program
cannot be purely judged on statistics, however,
other benefits have come to notice such as a
greater awareness in the community that there is
a crime problem, a willingness by the community
to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity,
and also improved relationships between
police, media and the community.
Crime Stoppers is definitely here to stay. It has
been accepted by police as a valid and effective
investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming
response, appears to have accepted
it as a more palatable alternative to traditional
methods of giving information.
Police would encourage anyone that has any
information with respect to a crime to:
Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or
text in your information anonymously to
You can also report a tip through either the
Crime Stoppers website at: http://campbellriver.crimestoppersweb.com/
or via Facebook.
Left to Right: Rob Harris, Judy Sheply, Mayor Walter
Jakeway, George Kjenner, Jim Forsyth
Upper Fraser Valley
Last November was a very busy month for the Upper
Fraser Valley Crime Stoppers with two fundraisers
being held in the four-week period. The Chilliwack
Chiefs named November 17th as Emergency
Services Night and partnered with the local Crime
Stoppers community. The Board worked with agencies
in the community and arranged for vehicles
and personnel to be on hand for the evening.
Sea to Sky
Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers is pleased to announce
a joint-project with BC Ferries and the RCMP
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) to
publicize the disappearance of Jodi Henrickson in
This project will involve a new sign approach to
the Henrickson case and will also include multiple
ways of communicating with Crime Stoppers. (see
Even with the first snow storm of the season,
the mood remained positive on game night as
both enthusiastic board members and volunteers
manned a display and sold 50/50 tickets. Both
events were a success, with the fundraising committee
already hard at work planning the events
Additionally, Bowen Island, Horseshoe Bay and
Squamish businesses are very eager to post new
information regarding this case. It is our hope that
as a result of this project, new information will
come forward to further this investigation. We are
pleased with BC Ferries’ decision to post this information
on their ferries.
Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers is a non-profit society
dedicated to crime prevention and covers the corridor
region from Bowen Island to north of
Jay Siva enjoys knowing each call he answers could break
an investigation wide open.
Alternative Answers provide a 24-7
tip taking service for many programs
worldwide including the British Columbia
Crime Stoppers. This article
was printed recently in the Toronto
Sun and will give insight into how Alternative
Answers operates and how it
When off-duty police officer Al Gordon was
gunned down in 2007 as he withdrew cash from
an ATM in Orlando, Florida, it was Crime Stoppers
tips that led police to the two teens responsible
for the deadly botched robbery.
And those tips were actually received by a calltaker
who was sitting in a small office tucked away
in a business complex in Peel Region.
Alternative Answers looks innocuous enough
from the outside, but behind the locked glass
doors employees type away at a feverish pace on
keyboards while talking on headsets to tipsters
Sun Shines On
from more than 230 Crime Stoppers programs
across North America and other parts of the world
—any one of which may lead police to missing
kids, drug dealers, human traffickers, fugitives or
even killers, as it did in Orlando four years ago.
“That case shows how effective Crime Stoppers
can be,” Donna Harms, owner and operator of the
call centre, told the Sun recently. “It’s a very powerful
“That case shows how effective Crime
Stoppers can be,” Donna Harms, owner
and operator of the call centre, told the
Sun recently. “It’s a very powerful tool.”
Within 24 hours of the first tip being received
by call-taker Fillian Thorpe, both Davin Smith and
Hugo Terry were arrested for the cop killing.
Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Smith,
the 19-year-old shooter, which would have meant
lethal injection unless he preferred to sit in “Old
Sparky” as death row inmates in Florida can opt to
do. But in the end, Smith and Terry, the 17-yearold
getaway driver, were convicted of first-degree
murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Harms and her call-taker were flown to Orlando
and honoured with a Sheriff’s Citations for
their efforts. Alternative Answers has received
many such awards of appreciation but the Orlando
story is one of the few cases Harms can
talk about because of the anonymous nature of
When she started her business 15 years ago,
she never imagined it would “evolve” into a law
enforcement call centre that helps make communities
around the globe safer every day. “I’m
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totally blessed,” Harms said. “It’s been very rewarding.”
She started her business after learning of a
company that needed an answering service. She
figured she could work from home and be around
for her two sons, who were in high school at the
time, while making a little extra cash.
But Harms quickly added other clients and ended
up renting an office—a small room attached to
the much larger space her company now occupies.
Her one phone was already working overtime
when the coordinator for Crime Stoppers of
Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka came “knocking.”
“I said I’d give it a try for three months,” Harms
said with a chuckle, recalling that challenging period
in her life. That knock on her door ultimately
opened the door to a whole new clientele as other
Crime Stoppers programs began hiring her to
answer their after-hours calls.
The advent of call forwarding enabled her to
take calls from anywhere in the world, so before
long she was handling all of the Crime Stoppers
calls in Ontario, then all but one across Canada
as well as many in the U.S. and other countries.
She initially only monitored tips after-hours or
whenever there is nobody available to respond to
calls, e-mails and texts. But Harms said about 70%
of her clients found her service so beneficial they
now rely on it full-time.
“Crime Stoppers is our main focus,” she said,
explaining the crime fighting programs make
up 90% of her business. Harms has 27 call-takers
working in shifts answering phone, e-mail and
text tips around the clock. The 24-hour schedule
is necessary because of the different time zones
involved. The call-takers must pass a typing test to
ensure they can keep up with the centre’s rigorous
pace, then undergo 45 hours of training before
they start handling tips. They are also sworn in at a
special ceremony, underscoring the importance of
privacy and anonymity.
Jay Siva has been doing the job for six months
and enjoys knowing each call he answers could
break an investigation wide open. “You really
feel like you’re making a difference,” said the
22-year-old, who is currently training to be a
With each new tip the call-takers open up a template
specific to the type of call, all of which Harms
had to create from scratch. They then try to extract
as much information as possible from the tipster,
entering every tidbit into the computer.
Every tip, no matter how trivial, is then forwarded
electronically to the appropriate Crime Stoppers
coordinator and then on to the corresponding
police force. “Unless it’s time sensitive, then
we call it right in to their dispatch,” Harms said. It
could be many months later, if at all, before she
finds out if a tip was helpful.
But every time she does learn of a big bust
thanks to her call center it make all of her “blood,
sweat and tears” worthwhile.
Eventually Harms hopes she can “pass the baton
on to a new CEO so that the legacy of her International
Crime Stoppers call centre can continue to
grow. And as the call center expands it will inevitably
need a larger facility.
“It would be amazing to one day have our own
internal training room for all Crime Stoppers personal
from all over the world,” Harms said.
Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun
“Crime Stoppers is our main focus,” she
said, explaining the crime fighting programs
make up 90% of her business.