Crime Stoppers concept has been praised by a United Nations Sub-committee, which has also advised UN Member States that they should adopt the Crime Stoppers initiative in their home countries.

The Seventh Meeting of the UN Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA) held in Geneva last month suggested that to more effectively counter organised crime member countries should adopt “a law enforcement multi-agency, intelligence led approach of working with key partners in the private sector”.

Its report added: “In seeking ways to generate information from the public the Crime Stoppers initiative, which brings together the community, the media, and the police, has proven to be effective in a number of countries.” Since May 2005, Crime Stoppers International has been granted a special consultative status by the United Nations, which allows CSI to work with the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Interpol and Europol.

The report stated further that it considered “Crime Stoppers to be a proven method of securing information to assist in the development of intelligence and as an aid to the law enforcement investigation process”. Last year, Crime Stoppers International celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, and over that period it has been able to promote the concept of through some 1,200 Crime Stoppers programmes in over 22 countries worldwide.

Since 1999, the Crime Stoppers initiative has been operating in Trinidad and Tobago, with a 24-hour Call Centre offering the public a safe and confidential system to provide information on crime in their communities.
Based upon the information provided by that the Trinidad and Tobago public, Crime Stoppers has assisted the protective services in the seizure of over $210 million worth of narcotics and the recovery of $3.9 million worth of stolen property.