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Crime Stoppers is a community volunteer organisation that believes the general public can help make a difference in solving and preventing crime.

Board of Directors

The Directors of the company take great pride in the achievements of the program in Queensland. The role of the Board of Directors is to:

  • lead, manage and coordinate strategic planning and performance;
  • develop, facilitate and implement strategies to achieve corporate goals and organisational improvement;
  • provide direction, advice and support to Area Committees through the State Office;
  • represent the program in National and International Crime Stoppers forums.

Additionally, the Directors oversee the effective and efficient day to day operation through the Chief Executive Officer.

The following is our current Board of Directors:

Director Lesley Woodroffe Director Andy Henderson
Lesley Woodroffe
Deputy Chair
Andy Henderson
Director Ken Hose Director David Argus
Ken Hose
David Argus
Director Cunningham Director Austin
Patrick Cunningham
Christopher Austin
Director Maurice Carless Director Tom Vergotis

Director and A/C
Maurice Carless

Tom Vergotis
Vacant Vacant
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What is Crime Stoppers?

Crime Stoppers is a community crime solving and prevention service that involves a partnership between the registered charity Crime Stoppers Queensland Limited (Crime Stoppers), the Queensland Police Service, the media and the public.

Queensland is one of the most decentralised states in Australia with a widely dispersed population. The Crime Stoppers program provides an avenue for the community as a whole to assist police to solve crimes and ultimately make our State a safer place.

Crime Stoppers Queensland Limited is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, led by a volunteer Board of Directors who take great pride in the achievements of the program whilst leading, managing and coordinating strategic planning and performance.

The Vision of Crime Stoppers Queensland Limited is a safe empowered and engaged community.

Queensland is unique to most other Australian States and Territories in that the program is supported by local Volunteer Area Committees. Queensland’s’ continued success is due to the commitment of all of our Volunteer members.

Crime Stoppers purpose is to engage the community, to encourage the provision of information that supports the Queensland Police Service in solving and preventing crime.  The information collected is passed to the police.  In 2014 alone, our program led to 2,439 offenders being arrested on 6,212 charges.

The Queensland public are highly supportive of our work, evidenced by 98% brand recognition in Queensland and 84% of Queenslanders stating they would contact us. Queensland achieved 39% of the total national arrests in 2014.

In 2015, Crime Stoppers Queensland established a self-managed contact centre, thereby removing Police involvement in the process of gathering anonymous intelligence information about suspicious or criminal activity from the community.

This step has allowed Crime Stoppers to be clearly independent and form other meaningful relationships with external organisations that may assist the organisation to continue its valuable community service into the future.

What is the core Crime Stoppers program?

At the very core of our program is the provision of a telephone hotline, website and mobile app for members of the community to provide anonymous information about suspicious or criminal activity. This information is electronically sent to a central unit within the Queensland Police Service, who then distributed it to the police establishment nearest to where the crime or suspicious activity is occurring for investigation.

Members of the public who report to Crime Stoppers Queensland are referred to as "Information Providers or IPs".

  • The IP need not give their name. Remaining anonymous allows them to overcome any fear of involvement or retaliation.
  • Calls are not recorded or taped.
  • Calls are not traced or identified in any way.
  • Website and mobile app reports are sanitised of any identifying internet routing addresses.
  • IPs are allocated a code number (or PIN number for the website/app):
    • To provide further information at a later time
    • To check on the progress of the investigation (after 8 weeks minimum)
    • To collect the reward if an arrest results from their information.

Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000 (Free Call).

If you need police to attend an address or you need immediate police assistance DO NOT PHONE CRIME STOPPERS.  Instead call Policelink for non-urgent Police assistance on 131 444 or call Triple Zero '000' for emergency Police assistance.

What Crime Stoppers does...

The Crime Stoppers program in Queensland does many things, as can be demonstrated by this website, however at its core is the receipt of anonymous information about suspicious or criminal activity that is then passed to the Queensland Police Service.  Crime Stoppers is an intelligence gathering service and contact with our program does not result in an immediate Police response.

Our team can provide feedback on investigations to Information Providers who can quote their code number. However if you do not have your original code - no information can be supplied.  We can however start a brand new report with you from scratch.

What Crime Stoppers does not do...

  • Does not provide legal advice;
  • Does not provide feedback to persons other than the original caller with their code number;
  • Does not accept calls from people who are abusive or intoxicated;
  • Does not take reports from members of the public for 'over-the-counter' matters normally dealt with at police stations;
  • Does not assist take reports from victims or complainants;
  • Does not take reports that require an immediate police response.

What kind of information should people provide?

  • Any information about criminal activity either current or in the past;
  • To be effectively investigated, this information should include things like:
    • the names, address and vehicle registrations of offenders?
    • details of the crime - date, time place?
    • where did they get their information, how they know their information is true?
    • are there any vicious dogs / any firearms / weapons etc?
    • Where is the property / drugs / firearms, etc hidden?
    • How many people live at the residence?
    • Do they work - if so - Where? When?
    • Descriptions of people involved?

It is not expected that Information Providers put themselves at risk to obtain such details, but information which does not give police any facts - a person's name, address or vehicle registration - is of limited use.

It is important to remember that the information provided may lead to the accused person being taken into custody or their homes searched by the police. These are serious matters and obviously police need to make sure they can validate as much of the information as possible. Whilst the arrest of offenders is a pleasing result, the supply of intelligence data for dissemination is also of equal value.

Thursday, January 7, 2016