The “See Something, Say Something” School Safety Presentation is a collaboration between Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers, the Vancouver School Board, School District 43 (Coquitlam) and the Police. The initiative, constructed on the “youth mentoring youth” philosophy, is designed to empower students with a safe and anonymous method to report what they know about suspected criminal or bullying behaviour. University or college students are training to present and educate school aged students on their role in reporting to ensure that their friends, family and community remain safe.
Since the inception of this program, just over 3 years ago approximately 12,000 8th grade students have participated in this program.
First Nations Program
First Nations Crime Stoppers Program,” Building a Healthy and Safe Community" and is intended to strengthen inter-agency collaboration and information-sharing to address existing crime issues and health and safety issues within the First Nations Communities. It increases the capacity to build healthy and safe communities and to reduce any unreported existing crime problems in the FNCs.
Often community members have information that would be of assistance to building healthier and safer communities but are reluctant to come forward for fear of revealing their identity; Crime Stoppers provides them with the opportunity to leave this information anonymously.
Elder Abuse Awareness Program
The “See Something, Say Something” Elder Abuse Awareness program is a collaboration between Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers, seniors’ support agencies and the police.
The initiative is designed to provide seniors with a safe and anonymous method to report what they know about suspected criminal abusive behavior. Due to the personal nature of these offenses, older people are often too ashamed, embarrassed and fearful of retaliation to report it directly to police or persons of authority. In addition, the Metro Vancouver area is home to many new immigrant families, which may result in language and cultural barriers preventing immigrant older adults from reporting crime. Research suggests that to address these issues, it is important to educate seniors and give them a voice in the community.
Seniors are trained to present and educate seniors groups of the various ways that they can report suspected physical, emotional, financial or other criminal activities targeted at seniors to Crime Stoppers, social agencies or the police.
Anti-Gang and Illegal Gun Program
Gang violence and related criminal activities such as abduction, murder, drugs, weapons, money laundering and illegal guns continue plague British Columbia.
People who have first hand knowledge of gang or illegal gun activity such as family members or unknown associates are often reluctant to report for fear of reprisal against themselves or their family. Crime Stoppers provides them with the opportunity to report anonymous with no fear of their identity ever being revealed.
New Immigrant Program
Immigrants to Canada are often unaware of the laws of Canada, of what’s acceptable and what’s not. People from other countries often bring an abiding distrust for the police or authorities.
This program provides our new immigrants with the knowledge that it is safe to report to the police but if they would like to remain anonymous from the beginning of an investigation through to the accused going through our court system, their identity will never be revealed.
Translation services is offered in 114 languages to ensure that everyone can report wrongdoing or mistreatment.