To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the national charity Crimestoppers, the Jersey branch recently re-united past volunteers with current members, including the first Volunteer Chair, Neville Brooks, past Volunteer Chair Allan Smith MBE and current Volunteer Chair Niall McClure.
The occasion was an opportunity to officially say “thank you” to the charity’s local volunteers as well as its financial sponsor NatWest, who has – since its inception in Jersey - provided the essential funding required to raise awareness of Crimestoppers in Jersey.
Volunteer Chair, Niall McClure commented: "The partnership between local business, media and community volunteers is key to the charity’s success. In Jersey we are in a unique position whereby we are able to reunite with past volunteers and reflect on past achievements with Islanders who have been so instrumental in the charity’s success. I would also like to acknowledge the members of the public – over 5,000 – who have picked up the phone to help keep Jersey free of crime.”
A large degree of our success is undoubtedly the community spirit in Jersey
The three Chairs are centred in the photo from L-R (Neville Brooks, Niall McClure and Allan Smith MBE. Photo is courtesy of Jersey Evening Post.
In Jersey, Crimestoppers was established in 1995 and since its launch over 5,500 calls to Crimestoppers have contributed to:
- 458 arrests in Jersey
- £1,140,270 worth of stolen goods recovered
- over £700,000 of drugs recovered (“street value”).
The charity’s key service is the provision of an anonymous phone line – 0800 555 111 – to enable members of the public to call anonymously with information about crime.
Niall McClure commented: “A large degree of our success is undoubtedly the community spirit in Jersey – the public want to help the police catch the relatively few individuals that cause harm, whether that be about burglary, drugs, drink-driving or any other crime. We are fortunate to live in a relatively safe community and all of the volunteers and partners are committed to ensuring this continues.”
(L-R) – Neville Brooks (first Volunteer Chair in Jersey), Niall McClure (current Volunteer Chair) and Allan Smith MBE (past Volunteer Chair)
Jerry Whitsey, Chairman of the Corporate Sustainability Board for NatWest, said: "I was here at the start of our association with Crimestoppers in 1995 when we recognised the real potential this charity held to support the fight against crime. We have been proud to be associated with the outstanding success of the scheme and delighted that our contribution both financial and through local committee membership has helped."
If you have information about crime, do as so many have over the last 25 years, and contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111, or use our Anonymous Online Form.
If you are interested in becoming a Crimestoppers volunteer, please Contact Us or find out more on our Volunteering pages.