During the past decade, through the support of Crime Stoppers, more than 20,000 criminals and 30,000 crimes have been solved.
These numbers should continue to rise with the support of a $960,000 state government funding boost towards Crime Stoppers.
This funding will continue for four years to ensure Crime Stoppers provides a valuable service to the community, assisting South Australia Police to solve crime and keep the community safe.
Crime Stopper calls are taken and followed-up by SAPOL Officers, with the partnership delivering outstanding results.
Crime Stoppers SA chair Sharon Hanlon said as an independent not-for-profit that provides safe and anonymous means to report crime and criminal activity, Crime Stoppers SA welcomed the announcement.
“This funding eases the financial pressure that the program has experienced over recent years and allows Crime Stoppers SA to focus on becoming financially sustainable through a range of means, which includes encouraging like-minded organisations and agencies to become a program partner,” Ms Hanlon said.
Police Minister Chris Picton said Crime Stoppers played an important role in promoting the ability for SAPOL to receive and follow up on information from the public.
“In its two decades of operation it has helped solve almost 30,000 crimes – including some of South Australia’s most heinous cases,” Mr Picton said.
“We know that information from the public is often critical to police investigations and the capacity of Crime Stoppers to promote public tip-offs is extremely valuable.”
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Crime Stoppers began in South Australia in 1996, and since then has passed 170,000 actions to police investigators to follow up.
Crime Stoppers has a valuable promotion role and it is SAPOL Officers who take the Crime Stoppers calls and follow-up on tip-offs.
In the past five years, robbery and related offences have dropped by almost 40 per cent, serious criminal trespass has dropped by almost 15 per cent, and property damage by 23 per cent.
Since 2002, the state government has overseen total crimes against property and the person slashed by almost 50 per cent.
More than 850 new uniformed officer positions have boosted the force to its strongest ever level, and the achievement of the R313 recruitment program means that SAPOL has more uniformed police per capita than any other state.