Crime StoppersNEWS

For Immediate Release


B.C. Crime Stoppers win prestigious international awards

VANCOUVER (12 October, 2006) - Greater Vancouver and Prince George Crime Stoppers earned prestigious honours earlier this month at the annual Crime Stoppers International Conference at Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The conference celebrated the 30th anniversary of Crime Stoppers, which now has 1,400 programs in 23 countries. British Columbia programs were among the earliest pioneers.

Among the awards presented for 2005 were:

  • CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR - Shirley Stocker, among the founders of Crime Stoppers in B.C. and the current provincial president.
  • MOST PROPERTY RECOVERED - Greater Vancouver Crime Stoppers
  • BEST RADIO - SPECIAL REPORTS/FEATURES (communities 400,000 - 750,000) - CKNW AM 980 and MOJO Radio, and Greater Vancouver Crime Stoppers.
  • BEST NEWSPAPER/SPECIAL REPORTS FEATURES (communities 75,000 - 250,000) - Prince George Free Press and Prince George Crime Stoppers

The two highest honours of Crime Stoppers each year are "Coordinator," awarded to a police officer who liaises with the program, and "Civilian" who is the interface with the community.

Shirley StockerShirley Stocker, a veteran journalist, broadcaster and executive producer of public affairs media programs, was among those who have worked to establish Crime Stoppers in this province for over 20 years. Former Vancouver Police Chief Bob Stewart, who had been instrumental in the founding of Crime Stoppers here, was in Albuquerque last week when the award was presented. Stewart, current Chief Jamie Graham, the RCMP and prominent business people wrote letters documenting Stockerís contributions and endorsing the nomination.

"It is hard to imagine a more deserving award. "I can remember when Shirley first introduced me to Detective Greg MacAleese, the Canadian-born Albuquerque police officer who started it all. He told me he thought he had a good idea and I thought so too, but without Shirley Stocker and people like her in communities around the world, little would have happened."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Tim Kelley, Executive Director, Crime Stoppers, B.C.
Telephone: 604-209-1466 Email: t.kelley@shaw.ca
Websites www.greatervancouvercrimestoppers.com & www.bccrimestoppers.com


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