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Crime tips work

Fifty seven people have been arrested as a result of 1,041 tips made to Crime Stoppers Barbados since its inception three years ago.

Chief Executive Director Devrol Dupigny made the revelation this morning during a news conference to launch its new website and announce details of the upcoming annual Crime Stoppers International Training Conference next year at Hilton Barbados Resort.

Dupigny said based on those arrests, police filed 113 charges and solved 118 cases.

While he said he could not give specifics on the amount of money paid out to date for tips given to Crime Stoppers, he recalled that the last figure was about $15,000.

“However, we as a board of Crime Stoppers, are civilians, it is the Royal Barbados Police Force who takes this action. So, they have to be complimented in the efforts that they do on a day-to-day basis, but also complimented by Crime Stoppers in terms of the support that they have given to our organisation,” asserted Dupigny.

Chairman Oral Reid explained that while there was no need right now to fundamentally change the structure of Crime Stoppers, he recognised the necessity for his body to respond to changes within the Barbadian society.

“As a board, we deliberate on matters of that nature,” he added.

He pointed to the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust, which had so far reached into about five secondary schools, as a means of seeking to nip in the bud, any possibility of children wanting to get involved in crime.

“We are now looking at programmes which would allow us to prevent the occurrence of crime and I think that in itself, renders Crime Stoppers as a viable programme going forward, particularly as we look to see what could be done to help those vulnerable members of our community,” Reid added.

He also told the news conference that not all of the people who qualified for the payments for tips had collected their money. The top official explained that people appeared to be content to just supply information about crimes in Barbados, rather than getting paid for it.

He dismissed any suggestion that the crime fighting efforts of the police and Crime Stoppers were competing. Reid insisted that instead, his organisation’s programmes supported those of the force. (EJ)

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