TIPS to Crime Stoppers-Anonymity Protected by LAW





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Published on Apr 6, 2008

"Local solutions for global problems"
Harry McMurtry of the law firm Affleck-Greene-McMurtry is retained as legal counsel for the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers http://ontariocrimestoppers.com .

This video is recorded at the 12th annual Legal Issues Seminar hosted by the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers at the provincial fire training facility in Gravenhurst, Ontario Canada.

The case law of the Supreme Court of Canada relating to 'informant privilege' is explained in real terms as to how the anonymity of a caller or online tipster to the community operated Crime Stoppers program is protected by law.

Information is included for investigating police officers about how to properly handle an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip in order to protect the identity of the tipster.

TIPS to prevent crimes, help solve crimes and locate missing persons can be called in toll free from anywhere in Canada, and from many places in the USA by dialing 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The phone will be answered 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Interpreter services will be arranged as required immediately. Online tips can be submitted through the encrypted 'TIPSOFT' system through the websites of the local community operated Crime Stoppers programs. All programs are linked through the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers, Canadian Crime Stoppers, and Crime Stoppers International http://c-s-i.org . The Toronto Crime Stoppers program set a record for the number of tips received in 2007. Online tips can be sent to the Toronto program by clicking on 'SUBMIT A TIP' at http://222tips.com

January 9, 2008


No tip is too small for Crime Stoppers and January is dedicated to getting that message across.
Toronto police Chief Bill Blair with Det. Larry Straver, Co-ordinator of Toronto's Crime Stoppers program, launched Crime Stoppers Month yesterday at Police Headquarters.
"People in this community are getting fed up, they hate to hear about all these crimes that are going on," Straver said.
"We're getting more tips on violent crimes which is great because no tip is too small. We'll take tips on any type of crime."
Detective Straver attributed the program's success to the media and the community. In 2007, Crime Stoppers received on average 629 tips per month, up from 573 monthly tips the previous year. Also last year, there were 797 cases cleared and more than 500 arrests.
"We need (witnesses) to understand that even a small bit of information can be an important part to help my criminal investigators," Blair said.

Const. Scott Mills, Toronto Crime Stoppers school officer, has been working with young people through Facebook, YouTube and at special events.
"That's where the majority of the violent crimes are happening, amongst our young people, and they're our most cherished assets for the future so we have to communicate with them," Mills said.
Kedre Browne, 19, used his graffiti art to support Crime Stoppers and said having the police reach out to youth builds trust.
"It's important for Crime Stoppers to be around to bridge that gap, not just with the youth but with the community too," Browne said.
Crime Stoppers month is recognized in 24 countries and has also helped to solve more than a million cases worldwide.


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