|Crime Stoppers helps bicycle police|
|Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:36|
Crime Stoppers gave an early Christmas gift to the community through special donations to the local police on Dec. 22.
The force recently received several police bicycles donated by British Caribbean Bank, but they were lacking some of the special gear required for optimal usage.
So Crime Stoppers donated sirens, flashing police lights, and uniforms and reflective gear for the officers. They also donated a bike rack, which allows officers to travel to take bike patrols to various areas of Providenciales including Kew Town, Blue Hills and Five Cays.
These donations “will go a long way in assisting us in the fight against crime,” Community Police Inspector Hilton Duncanson said.
Local Crime Stoppers President Ian McLeod explained that the bike police are one of the most affective ways of gathering intelligence from members of the community.
“The police officers on bikes are easily accessible to the public and also more flexible,” McLeod said, allowing them to travel into areas officers in vehicles may not be able to patrol.
“Our mandate is to try to provide intelligence to the police through our web tip number and Facebook,” McLeod said, but he says Crime Stoppers also wants to support the police force as much as it can on behalf of the community.
McLeod also reported the welcome news that Crime Stoppers has received four times as many tips in 2010 as in 2004. The most important resulted in an arrest earlier this year.
Tips to Crime Stoppers at its toll-free number 1-800-8477 or its website www.crimestoppers.tc are received at a call center in Miami and are totally anonymous. The information is then passed on to TCI police. Tips that lead to an arrest can pay rewards up to $2,000. Tips that take illegal weapons off the streets can earn $500.
Assistant Police Commissioner Dave Ryder welcomed the support of Crime Stoppers that will help police in their fight against crime.
Mark Durliat, head of the recently formed Tourist Safety Committee, offered his thanks to Crime Stoppers for its support in the ongoing community effort to keep the country safe.
“Our goal here is to make sure our tourists know they are always safe, and we are always looking out for them every single day of the week,” Durliat said. He also offered thanks on behalf of the committee, predominantly made up of private sector businesses, to the police for all they do.
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