Saskatoon Crime Stoppers - We Are Making News Happen
June - July 2017 - Saskatoon Crime Stoppers Social Media "Where's Waldo" Appeal for Help Goes National
In June 2017, Alexa Emreson stood charged with 7 bomb scare and 10 suspicious package incidents in and around Saskatoon. A video was sent to local media outlets the day after Alexa turned herself into police. In the video, which was clearly scripted, an unknown female claimed responsiblity for some of the incidents. Investigators turned to Sasaktoon Crime Stoppers for help in identify this female as it was the last 'missing puzzle piece' to the numerous investigations.
Two posts were sent out on Facebook several weeks apart. The second Facebook post asked people to check for the female on fiverr.com or sites similar. We called it the "The Greatest 'Where's Waldo' Internet Challenge Ever."
Below is a link to the Facebook post:
Below are the articles in numerous media outlets detailing our unique way to engage the public in attempt to identify this unknown female:
The Facebook post was generated on July 21, 2017. The first news agency to do a story was CBC on Sunday July 23, 2017, who interviewed our police coordinator, Cst. Ryan Ehalt, on a Sunday morning. The story ended up going National and by that Sunday evening a female named Samantha Field contacted Saskatoon Police stating she was the one in the video. She lived in North Carolina. Thousands of miles from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Police have not released the name of the female to date, but she was found by CTV Saskatoon on Tuesday July 25, 2017. Samantha gave an exclusive interview at that time to CTV. She stated that her brother in Ontario saw a news article and sent it to her. That is when she contacted the police. That article is below.
Numerous other outlets would interview her. As suspected, she was in fact a paid actor.
This shows the reach Crime Stoppers can have by utilizing Social Media and by partnering with traditional media outlets.
June 2016 - Launch of Mobile Application with SPS
On June 30, 2016, the Saskatoon Police Service launched a new mobile application. The app was launched in partnership with Saskaton Crime Stoppers and was developed in an effort to increase transparency and openness with the community, while providing important public safety tools, such as a direct link to Crime Stoppers TipSoft and the ability to file a Police report.
"Crime Stoppers has a long history in Saskatoon of encouraging the public to help solve crimes through anonymous reporting," says Mark Dolan, Saskatoon Crime Stoppers President. "The development of this mobile app and the direct integration with Crime Stoppers TipSoft will only help to solve more crimes and bring more people to justice."
Additional features include; interactive crime mapping, emergency push notification alerts, quick access to social media accounts, wanted and missing persons photos, news releases, recruiting and criminal record checks.
"This mobile app is essentially a one-stop-shop for finding what you need as it relates to the SPS," says Chief Clive Weighill. "It is yet another way for the citizens of Saskatoon to stay up-to-date and communicate with the Police Service all from the convenience of their smartphone."
The SPS and Saskatoon Crime Stoppers partnered with Mobile PD, an American-based company for the development of the mobile app. Mobile PD is considered the leading developer of law enforcement and public safety mobile applications and is the only app developer to allow direct integration with TipSoft.
March 2016 - Launch of "Racing for Respect"
StarPhoenix Coverage of Launch: Inner-City auto racing team ready to roar
October 2012 - Saskatoon Crime Stoppers Denim & Diamonds Gala
Magic 98.3 morning show host, Gregger, helped Saskatoon Crime Stoppers celebrate 25 years of success as the Master of Ceremony at Denim and Diamonds. Gregger is seen here with Saskatoon Media Group Producers, Andrea Everitt and Alexis Turgeon. Saskatoon Media Group has been a proud supporter of Saskatoon Crime Stoppers by airing Crime of the Week segments on Magic 98.3, The Bull and CJWW.
Saskatoon Crime Stoppers President, Craig Sled and Past Police Coordinator, CST TishaRae Stonehouse acknowledged CTV Saskatoon photographer, Jim Barnsley at Denim and Diamonds on October 12, 2012, for his involvement with Saskatoon Crime Stoppers throughout the last 25 years. Jim Barnsley shot the first Crime of the Week with Police Coordinator, SGT Ron Ross, which aired on CTV Saskatoon in January 1987.
Saskatoon Crime Stoppers President, Craig Sled, presented the 2012 Crime Stoppers International Media Award for BEST WEBSITE to Beagle Productions developer, Brendon Sled at the annual Saskatoon Crime Stoppers fundraising dinner, Denim and Diamonds on October 12, 2012.
Saskatoon Crime Stoppers wins Best Website Award from CSI International
Saskatoon Crime Stoppers President, Craig Sled, accepts the 2012 Crime Stoppers International Media Award for BEST WEBSITE from CSI President Michael Gordon Gibson during the CSI Training Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 1 – 4, 2012. The award acknowledges Trent Perehudoff and his team at Beagle Productions for creating and maintaining the Saskatoon Crime Stoppers website.
Letter from Crime Stoppers Founder
As the founder of Crime Stoppers, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Saskatoon Crime Stoppers for its outstanding performance over the past 25 years. Your program has been a perfect example of how the community and the media, working together with their law enforcement partners, can truly make a difference in the quality of life and safety of its citizens.
These results are a testament of the hard work of the police officers in the Saskatoon area and to the leadership provided by the citizens on the Board of Directors.
Saskatoon Crime Stoppers is part of a world-wide Crime Stoppers community. There are Crime Stoppers programs in operation in 24 countries around the world and several more countries will be coming on-line in the near future. Combined, Crime Stoppers has helped solve more than 1,300,000 major crimes -- that's a major crime being solved every 15 minutes somewhere in the world. Billions of dollars in stolen property and narcotics have been recovered over the past 36 years and almost a million criminals have learned the hard way that Crime Stoppers works for everyone -- except the criminal.
Pastor Greg MacAleese, Crime Stoppers Founder, On Mission to the Philippines
Shaw TV Interviews Crime Stoppers
Simon Hiatt of Shaw TV Saskatoon interviews CST TishaRae Stonehouse, Past Police Coordinator, and Saskatoon Crime Stoppers President, Craig Sled about Saskatoon Crime Stoppers and celebrating 25 years of solving crime.
Members of the Volunteer Board of Directors for Saskatoon Crime Stoppers with Mayor Don Atchison as he signs the Proclamation declaring January 2012 as Crime Stoppers Month (January 4, 2012).
Saskatoon Crime Stoppers President, Craig Sled, received a donation of $300 from Canadian Corps of Commissionaires North Saskatchewan Division CEO, Mike Cooper, at their Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
Saskatoon Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization administered by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board fundraises annually and is responsible for the disbursement of reward money for information (TIPS) leading to an arrest. Donations from businesses and individuals allow Crime Stoppers to operate.