Crime Stopper celebrates 25 years

<p>Odds are if you do the crime, you will eventually have to serve the time thanks to a crime-fighting program that has helped police nab criminals for 25 years, said politicians and law enforcement officials at city hall yesterday.</p>

 



 

 

Marc Bence/for metro edmonton

 

Marlene McGillis, mother of slain Dylan McGillis, stands with Crime Stoppers founder Bob Matheson during the organization's 25th anniversary at city hall yesterday.



Odds are if you do the crime, you will eventually have to serve the time thanks to a crime-fighting program that has helped police nab criminals for 25 years, said politicians and law enforcement officials at city hall yesterday.



During a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of Crime Stoppers in Edmonton and Northern Alberta, civic and provincial leaders touted the organization for helping thousands of victims of crime, along with helping police apprehend criminals because of tips to its hotline.



"This means victims in this region have been able to find justice, they’ve been able in some way to find closure in these cases," said police Chief Mike Boyd.



Since former city councillor Robert Matheson founded the organization in 1983, Crime Stoppers has helped police recover $3 billion in stolen property.



Tips to Crime Stoppers locally have also resulted in a 95-per-cent conviction rate, according to officials.



The organization offers a hotline where anyone can report anonymous information about a crime to police and films television re-enactments of crimes that have yet to be solved.



Marlene McGillis, a mother of a 20-year-old man who was stabbed to death on Whyte Ave. last year, says Crime Stoppers has helped put her son’s story out there after recently airing a re-enactment of the crime.



"Anytime that his story is out there, there is people with their conscience that will watch it, it’s got to be eating at them after this long," she said.



"That’s the thing about Crime Stoppers: they keep our children and our parents’ stories … out there"




 
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