About us

Crime Stoppers International

In July 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, a unversity student was killed during a robbery at a gas station. After six weeks the Police had very few leads so decided to re-enact the crime on television. The next day the Police received a telephone call that lead to the arrest of two men. Within 72 hours of that re-enactment the murder was solved and Crime Stoppers began.

There are now almost 1,200 Crime Stoppers programs around the world. In the Caribbean Crime Stoppers is active in Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, El Salvador, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, the Turks & Caicos Islands and the US Virgin Islands. They comprise our Caribbean/Bermuda & Latin America Region. Programs are under development in other countries in our region.

Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos

In 1995 the Providenciales Chamber of Commerce and the Turks & Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association banded together to form the Law & Order Committee due to concerns about crime. Other community interest associations joined and the committee acted as an advisory and lobby group with the Turks & Caicos Islands Government and the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force.

Committee member John Bowers of Johnston International advised that their Chairman, Sir Michael, now Lord Ashcroft, had started and Chaired Crimestoppers Trust in the UK. As the Turks & Caicos is such a small country there were real concerns about protecting the anonymity of persons reporting information about a crime. This was resolved when Crime Stoppers Cayman Islands introduced us to Crime Stoppers Miami-Dade. With the assistance of Colin Cross of Cable & Wireless, now LIME, our toll free 1-800-TIPS (8477) number was organized so that it could be answered by Crime Stoppers Miami-Dade in the USA to ensure that a caller's voice would not be recognized. In 1996 Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos was launched with the generous assistance and technical support of Crime Stoppers Miami-Dade, LIME and donations from Lord Ashcroft and many others.

Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos is a non-profit association established for Charitible Purposes and is registered as a Section 78 (1) Charity under the Turks & Caicos Islands Companies Ordinance 1981. Our Registration Number is 11906.

United Nations Connection

On May 16, 2005, the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee recommended that Crime Stoppers International be granted special consultative status with the UN's Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC). As a result Crime Stoppers now works closely with the UN's Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) on a range of related issues. Since 2007 Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos has worked with the UNODC to try to reduce irregular migrants and the trafficking of drugs, firearms and persons, particularly from Haiti.

Who is involved

President - Ian McLeod
Vice President & Treasurer - Gordon Burton
Secretary - Rachel Taylor
Director - Gerilane Rigby
Director - Lynette Grant-Higgs
Director - Wayne Farley
Director - Kenneth Abrams
Program Coordinator - D/SGT Vernon Williams

Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos Objectives:

  1. To assist law enforcement agencies in the Turks & Caicos Islands to deter and eradicate crime and to bring perpetrators to justice by the provision of a confidential and anonymous intelligence gathering service.
  2. To affiliate with Crime Stoppers International and other local and international organizations engaged in similar charitable activities.
  3. To conduct public awareness campaigns designed to encourage the general public to support our objectives.
  4. To undertake fund raising activities to support our operations.
  5. To lobby for the creation of new legislation or the amendment of existing legislation that would positively impact the safety and security of the general public.
  6. To engage in any other lawful activity, none of which shall be for profit, pursuant to our objectives.

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