Alberta’s government is investing $850,000 in front-line crime prevention by funding Alberta Crime Stoppers for the first time.
The not-for-profit, volunteer-led organization will receive $350,000 this year and $500,000 over the next two years to continue its crime prevention efforts and create an independent, province-wide crime prevention task force.
In 2020, Crime Stoppers received 18,000 tips that led to 400 arrests, 1,724 charges laid, and the recovery and seizure of $4.3 million in cash, drugs and stolen property.
“Successful crime prevention requires the involvement of communities, and Crime Stoppers has done tremendous work encouraging citizens to take an active role in preventing and reporting crime. This funding will ensure they can continue helping to keep Alberta’s neighbourhoods safe,” said Justice Minister Tyler Shandro in a statement.
Alberta Crime Stoppers has four chapters: Southern Alberta, Calgary, Central Alberta, and Edmonton and Northern Alberta.
Canada’s first Crime Stoppers organization was founded in Calgary in 1982.