Crime Stoppers stepping up local presence

While many district people have read Crime Stoppers’ re-enactments of crimes in the newspaper or seen them on television, it always seems the crimes in question are in communities outside the area.
That’s about to change.
“We want it so that people from Fort Frances and the Rainy River District can help solve crimes,” Fort Frances OPP Cst. Al MacDonald said Thursday.
What this means is that soon, police will be reporting crimes here and from around the district, encouraging the public to phone Crime Stoppers if they have tips that could lead to the conviction of those responsible.
These re-enactments will be in both print form and televised on Shaw Cable 11. “We have two re-enactment we’re working on. We’re getting the kids to do it,” said Cst. MacDonald, referring to the latter media.
“The high school drama club will be acting, [and] those working with video will do that part,” he noted. “Shaw Cable and the teachers are really behind it. It’s a good example of community involvement.”
The re-enactments on Shaw Cable 11 likely will air before January.
Cst. MacDonald noted a Crime Stoppers youth group could be in the works, too. “If they get involved now, they can grow up to be the next generation behind Crime Stoppers,” he said.
“It’s a win-win situation. The community benefits from the students’ involvement and the students get to graduate,” added Cst. MacDonald, referring to the fact the high school students will be credited towards their mandatory 40 hours of volunteer work they now need to graduate.
Cst. MacDonald said the next Crime Stoppers meeting is slated for tomorrow at 8 a.m. in the committee room at the Civic Centre. Anyone interested in getting involved is welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Cst. MacDonald at 274-3322.
In related news, raffle tickets still are available for the “Dream Hunter’s Package,” which can be seen at a display in the front window at Canadian Tire.
The prize includes a paddle boat as well as a variety of hunting gear. Ticket cost is $5, with proceeds going to Crime Stoppers. The draw is set for Nov. 28.
Cst. MacDonald noted the banner, which can be seen above the display, was made by grade six students at Robert Moore School.