Colin Culleton, Group Loss Prevention Manager at Next Plc, has been appointed the new Chair of the Leicestershire and Rutland Crimestoppers Volunteer Committee, the only independent national charity working to solve crime.
This appointment comes as the local community in Leicestershire continues to play a priceless role after figures revealed that the charity passed on 2,090 pieces of information to the police in the area leading to 189 arrests and charges, a 24.3% increase on the previous year.
Across the UK, information passed onto the police by Crimestoppers increased slightly by just over one per cent, whilst the value of goods recovered also rose, with over £3.3million worth seized.
Since Crimestoppers was formed in 1988, over 128,000 people have been arrested and charged, while 1.5million pieces of information have been passed onto law enforcement agencies via our 0800 555 111 telephone number and online form.
With last week also being National Volunteers Week, it is important to recognise the role the volunteers in Leicestershire have played in not only raising awareness of the charity, but in helping to engage with local people and help tackle the crimes affecting the area.
Crimestoppers works at a grassroots level across the UK helping to fight crime in local communities. Our volunteer network is integral to this, working with local law enforcement agencies, businesses and other charities, to launch campaigns and events, helping make communities safer places to live.
A warm welcome to our new Chair
In his new position as Chairperson, Colin brings valuable experience from his role in retail security and loss prevention, as well as extensive experience of chairing industry groups; including the Westminster Crime and Disorder Partnership and the Retail Civil Recovery Steering group.
Colin is also a founder member of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, Liveryman, Freeman of the City of London, a member of the BRC Heads of Security Group, Chair of the Governance Board of TRADE (Transactis) and Advisory Group member for the National Business Crime Solution.
Colin said: “Crimestoppers makes a real difference in the community. It empowers individuals to give information about criminals safely and anonymously. To have the opportunity to contribute to such a fantastic charity that is also strongly aligned to my profession is great. In the short time I’ve been involved with Crimestoppers I’ve been really impressed with the enthusiasm and professionalism of those I’ve met and I look forward to improving on the great achievements of the Leicester and Rutland committee.”
We welcome Colin Culleton, our new Leicestershire & Rutland Chair
Kiran Dhanda, Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, added: “Volunteers bring energy, enthusiasm and a concern for the welfare of the local community. They also bring their own ideas and expertise to their local volunteer committee which is what helps to bring about such fantastic results.
“We are looking forward to working with Colin and would encourage anyone with a real interest in Crimestoppers to join him by volunteering. We are currently seeking skills and experience in working with young people to promote our youth brand Fearless, PR, marketing and web-editing, finance, project management and fundraising.”
**Anyone interested in becoming a Crimestoppers volunteer is encouraged to fill in a Volunteer Enquiry Form.