(L-R) Snr Con Phillip Buckley, Inspector Damien Crosby, Mike McLaughlin and Alan Jones from Crime Stoppers.
(L-R) Snr Con Phillip Buckley, Inspector Damien Crosby, Mike McLaughlin and Alan Jones from Crime Stoppers. Blainey Woodham

Border committee will help curb crime

A BORDER Crime Stoppers committee formed to help the ever increasing amount of crime in the twin towns needs your help.

The newly elected Coolangatta/Tweed Heads committee chairman Mike McLaughlin has described the move by Crime Stoppers Qld as the first step in engaging the local community to actively participate in the solving and prevention of crime in the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta area.

The committee will have their official launch next week and want members of the public to attend the presentation and recruitment night.

Mr McLaughlin said both the New South Wales and Queensland police had agreed to the move and will have representatives at the committee's monthly meetings.

"The Police input and support will be a tremendous advantage to the committee, so that they can keep the general public informed with up to date information on crime activity and the results of Crime Stoppers reports in their area," Mr McLaughlin said.

"What we're trying to do is develop a strong relationship with the public.

"We're a non-for-profit group and all money we get goes to material we hand out at fetes and community meetings or to rewards for information."

Volunteers are guaranteed a rewarding opportunity to help promote a relationship between the public and police while reducing crime over the border.

Queensland police Inspector Damien Crosby said the Gold Coast police had an excellent working relationship with the Tweed Heads-Byron Local area command.

"The establishment of a Tweed-Coolangatta Crime Stoppers committee is an extension of that positive working relationship and cross-border partnership," he said.

"The Crime Stoppers committee will be of great assistance in raising the general profile of Crime Stoppers in the Tweed/Coolangatta area.

"Members of the public will be encouraged to provide information to crime-stoppers, regardless of whether the offence or crime occurred in QLD or NSW.

"Crime Stoppers provides an avenue for members of the public to provide information to police in relation to any criminal activity or crime, with the guarantee of anonymity."

For 21 years the organisation has been actively working with law enforcement to help fight crime in New South Wales.

During that time they have taken over 480,000 calls and helped solve more than 4,000 crimes.

"We're proud of our record, but we know it wouldn't be possible without responsible citizens like you, who care enough to phone in a crime report when they see something suspicious occurring or have information about a crime," a statement from Crime Stoppers NSW said.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 25 September 2012 commencing at 6.30pm.

Come along and meet the new Volunteer Area Committee members.



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