The “See Something, Say Something” School Safety Presentation is a collaboration between Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers, the Vancouver School Board, Surrey 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 trained to present and educate school aged students on how they can keep their friends, family and community safe.
Since the inception of this program, just over 3 years ago approximately 20,000 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 within First Nations’ communities.
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 program is design for elders and family members to raise awareness and provide an alternative way to anonymously report suspected elder abuse.
Sadly, abuse of elderly people is one of the most under reported crimes in our society. These crimes may include:
- Physical abuse including acts of violence and other ways to coerce elderly victims
- Emotional or psychological abuse
- Financial abuse
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.
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.
There are circumstances where people don’t want to get involved with the police directly out of concern that they may have to go to court or, if they reveal their identity, they may expose themselves or their families to acts of retaliation. Crime Stoppers provides a bridge that ensures anonymity while passing the information forward. Crime Stoppers provide an effective opportunity for anyone to help law enforcement solve crime and reduce gang violence.
Since the inception of this program, just over a year and a half ago, more than 108 arrests relating to gang or illegal guns have occurred because of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers tips.
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 wrong doing or mistreatment.
Wildlife and Environmental Crime Program
A new Crime stoppers campaign is being launched to encourage people to anonymously report illegal activity affecting wildlife and our natural land and marine environment in British Columbia.
Selling animal parts or species at risk, illegal overfishing and fishing or hunting out of season threaten the very natural resources that are important source of livelihood for many British Columbians and are a vital part of our province’s world-renowned eco-system.
Additional crimes include unlawful night or shooting from roadways, dumping waste on Crown land, illegally removing sand or wood from public lands, having fires in restricted fire zones or without a permit and illegal activities in parks and protected areas.