Info-crime Que­bec evolves

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

For more than ten years, Info-Crime Que­bec has trans­mit­ted in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice to solve crimes. This in­for­ma­tion, which was gath­ered anony­mously, led to the re­cov­ery of more than $4,000,000 in stolen goods and the seizure of 175 firearms. Since 1996, from the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered by this or­ga­ni­za­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tors have laid 4,568 charges.

This year alone, up un­til Septem­ber 30th, anony­mous tips led to charges against 207 peo­ple, the re­cov­ery of more than a mil­lion dol­lars worth of stolen goods and the seizure of 15 mil­lion dol­lars worth of il­le­gal drugs, in­clud­ing 34,156 mar­i­juana plants.

To con­tinue its mis­sion, this or­ga­ni­za­tion has de­cided to change its name and will, from now on, be called “echec au crime”, re­spect­ing the of­fi­cial trans­la­tion of the larger or­ga­ni­za­tion it is a part of: Crime Stop­pers Canada. It will con­tinue its phi­los­o­phy of work­ing with anony­mous tips and re­wards.

When solv­ing crime, in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic is of­ten cru­cial, how­ever, peo­ple of­ten hes­i­tate to give in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice for fear of reprisals. Ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, Tom McCon­nell, even if the in­for­ma­tion seems triv­ial or you think the po­lice al­ready have the in­for­ma­tion, peo­ple should go on the web­site echecau­ and give the in­for­ma­tion. You may help rid your own com­mu­nity of crime.

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