Crime-fighting charity Essex Crimestoppers is recruiting ambassadors help keep communities safer [2 December 2013].

The Ambassadors Programme aims to establish a network of people in organisations and agencies who are in regular contact with criminals or their families or know somebody that is abused, vulnerable or a victim of crime.

People who give information about crime or criminals to Crimestoppers on the 24/7 phone number of 0800 555 111, remain anonymous and are not asked to give statements to police. Information can also be given anonymously through the Anonymous Online Form on the Crimestoppers website.

The Ambassadors Programme, devised by Essex Crimestoppers volunteer Colin Dobinson, is designed to increase the number of calls to Crimestoppers by seeking information from those who are more closely linked to or may have inside or special knowledge of crimes and criminals.

The scheme was launched at a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Crimestoppers UK attended by Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, Essex Police& Crime Commissioner Nick Alston, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre, the High Sheriff Mrs Julia Abel Smith and Chelmsford’s Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Trevor Miller and Cllr Maureen Miller at Anglia Ruskin University on Thursday 21 November 21.

Mr Alston and Mr Kavanagh both praised the work of Crimestoppers in Essex in providing police with information about crime in the county. Each year between 2,500 and 3,000 calls are received by Crimestoppers in Essex and information passed to police which results in dozens of arrests.

Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “I am immensely proud to work for a charity like Crimestoppers. Every single day 1,000 people put their trust in Crimestoppers with their information which leads to 20 arrests every single day. We are making Essex a safer place and each volunteer plays an enormous part in that fight against crime. Volunteers are the back bone of our charity and will no doubt contribute significantly to the next 25 successful years of Crimestoppers. If you are interested in joining the Essex Committee please look for more details on the Essex pages of the Crimestoppers website”.

Crimestoppers UK was founded by Chelmsford educated businessman Michael Ashcroft, now Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, in1988 following the death of policeman PC Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm estate riots in London. Lord Ashcroft is chairman of the Crimestoppers Trust and Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.

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Pictured at the reception are (L-R) Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, Lord Petre, Crimestoppers volunteer Colin Dobinson, Essex Police & Crime Commissioner Nick Alston, Essex High Sheriff Mrs Julia Abel Smith and Chelmsford’s Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Trevor Miller and Cllr Maureen Miller.