Anonymity Guaranteed – What does this mean?
Crime Stoppers can confidently offer anonymity to its callers because of the "principle of police informer privilege". This is a legal rule of evidence, which says police do not have to reveal information, which may identify a person who supplies them with information concerning criminal activity. In February of 1997 the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously decided that callers to Crime Stoppers programs were entitled to the protection of this police informer privilege. (See Leipert vs. Regina 1997). (Link to OACS)
In a typical case, which started from a Crime Stoppers tip, the identity of the informer is unknown to everyone, both the Crime Stoppers Coordinator who took the call and the case investigator. The Supreme Court went on to confirm that the privilege is broad in scope. It prevents disclosure not only of the name of the informer (even if it were it to be known) but also of any information, which might implicitly reveal his or her identity. This is the premise behind the claim that "Crime Stoppers guarantees the tipsters anonymity."
There are two ways in which you can utilize the Crime Stoppers program.
If you prefer to report your tip anonymously by telephone, call Crime Stoppers of Hamilton at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
If the information you provide proves to be credible and useful, you may be eligible for a reward. Do not divulge any personal information that could identify you – our goal is for you to remain anonymous. To assist the investigators, please keep your story clear and concise, including where, when, why, how and what.
Your tips are 100% confidential! But remember – if you choose to go to the police directly, you will give up your anonymity. Keep your tip number confidential. Do not give it to anyone. To find out the results of your tip, make note of the code number for this tip and call Crime Stoppers of Hamilton at 1-800-222-TIPS in 6–8 weeks.
Using the Crime Stoppers Online Tip Form
Our online tip submissions allow Crime Stoppers to take tips from anywhere in the world at any time while still maintaining your privacy. When you submit a tip on line, you will automatically generate a secure, encrypted message directly to Crime Stoppers that can only be decrypted by Crime Stoppers.
The forms reside on a dedicated secure server. Crime Stoppers are unable to identify you as the sender of the form. Your anonymity is protected. Pressing "Submit Tip" will encrypt your tip and send it directly to Crime Stoppers. The information can only be decrypted by Crime Stoppers.
Please do not use these forms if you are a victim of crime or have already called the police. Please answer as many of the questions as you can. Click here to submit a tip or Follow-up on a Tip
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