Crime Stoppers program looking for volunteers

The local community policing co-ordinator is reaching out to for members to help continue the Crime Stoppers program.

The local community policing co-ordinator is reaching out to for members to help continue the Crime Stoppers program.

The South Okanagan Crime Stoppers is in need of members to help continue work that, since the program’s inception in 1992, has helped in the arrest of 862 criminals, solved 987 cases and recovered over $16.5 million worth of drugs and property in the South Okanagan and Similkameen.

“We get no government funding, we’re all based on what we raise in the communities,” said community policing co-ordinator Rick Dellebuur.

Members have retired or can no longer attend due to medical issues and Dellebuur said the membership is down to eight people.

“We are struggling a bit, as you can appreciate, with eight people even putting on a golf tournament,” Dellebuur said.

The organization is also looking for sponsors for the annual golf tournament which is taking place June 4 at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. The tournament includes a day of golf, a buffet dinner, silent auction, awards, prizes and a 50/50 draw with all proceeds going towards the Crime Stoppers program.

The time commitment isn’t huge from Crime Stoppers members, Dellebuur said, meeting for an hour or so once a month (except for July and August) on the last Tuesday of the month at the Lakeside Resort meeting room at 7 p.m. The program is currently looking for individuals who can help with promoting Crime Stoppers in the community as well as help out with fundraising.

“That’s the only fundraiser we have, that goes to paying rewards and operating the program,” Dellebuur said. “We really need the people of the community to get involved.”

Those interested in attending a meeting, or finding out more about helping out, can contact Nick Yeoman at 778-516-4322, email at nick@sostips.ca or contact Rick Dellebuur at 250-490-2474, rick@sostips.ca or drop by the community police station at 185 Lakeshore Drive by the Big Peach.

Those unable to volunteer are invited to come to the golf tournament as a golfer, sponsor or both. Details on how to register or become a sponsor can be found online at www.sostips.ca.