About our Program

In 1984, Cst. Len Bailey of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service along with the Chamber of Commerce and Queenstown Association began exploring the feasibility of instituting the Crime Stoppers program in our city. After a year of planning, Crime Stoppers of Sault Ste. Marie started operating on June 20, 1985. In 1988, Crime Stoppers of Sault Ste. Marie expanded to include the district of Algoma.

The concept has developed into a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Donations of airtime, newspaper space, and reward monies have established Crime Stoppers as an effective tool to fight crime in the area.

We are a non-profit charitable community service program. Crime Stoppers helps solve and prevent crime in your community by providing a way for the public to anonymously report criminal activity. Our program encourages people to call us with information to solve crimes already committed, ones about to occur, and/or the whereabouts of wanted persons, missing persons, narcotics, and stolen property.

Crime Stoppers is based on the simple principle that for every crime committed, someone other than the criminal has information that might solve the crime. The program was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information.

  1. The fear of reprisal
  2. Apathy
  3. Reluctance to get Involved

We resolve these problems by offering anonymity to persons who provide information about crimes and paying rewards when the information leads to an arrest.

Mission, Vision, Values

MISSION STATEMENTCrime Stoppers is a partnership of the public, police, and media, which provides the community with a proactive program to anonymously assist in solving crimes and contributing to an improved quality of life.

PURPOSETo provide a safe and secure community through justice, for our children and children’s children.

VISIONTo develop Crime Stopper as an effective crime solving organisation throughout the community, with the primary objective of this tri-partite organisation of Community, Media, and Law Enforcement, being “Working Together to Solve Crime”.

To provide an environment in our community where citizens can anonymously report crime which leads to a reduction, prevention and solving of crime.  The resulting environment is for all people to live, work, study, and feel safe in their own communities, neighbourhoods and schools.

To increase public awareness of criminal activity, emphasizing the need for community assistance in improving the impact and effectiveness of law enforcement within their country.

To promote community involvement in the apprehension of criminal offenders by providing anonymous information to law enforcement agencies in order to enhance the quality of life, security, and preservation of individual rights and property through justice.

To collect, collate, and disseminate information on crime prevention, reduction and solution.

To develop a liaison and exchange of program information with other agencies involved in crime reduction, prevention, and solution.

To conduct and coordinate international training forums for the dissemination and exchange of information and ideas.

To develop training material and provide expertise in the establishment, expansion and operation of successful Crime Stopper systems for adults and students.

VALUESProfessional integrity and respect for all people, countries , and cultures.

Accountability to our communities.

Sustained commitment to quality work and creation.  

Advancing the effectiveness and impact of law enforcement and public safety.

Preserving and cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships with law enforcement agencies, other associations and private companies with like goals, vision and priorities.

Responsible and efficient use of association resources to accomplish the organization’s mission and vision.

STAKEHOLDERSThe general public and communities of Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma Inc.

The public safety community including private businesses, school systems, not for profit agencies, and associations.

Law enforcement agencies and front line officers.

The Crime Stoppers International member nations, regions, and programs.

Granting organizations and partners.

Associated government agencies including but not limited to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Canada Customs Agency, and the Michigan State Police.

Who is Involved

NamePosition
Tom Burmaster      Chair
Saija Paakki      Vice-Chair
Karen Beauchamp      Secretary
Sharon Coutu      Treasurer
Andrew Bessell      Director
Deanna Rector      Director
Helen Calvelli      Director
Giordan Zin      Director
Jodi Nastor      Director
Don Ford      Director
Cst. Terry Chitaroni      Coordinator for Algoma District
Kendra Addison      Coordinator for Sault Ste. Marie
Juliana Kent      Office Administrator/Fundraising Coordinator
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