Rockhampton District Inspector Darren Somerville, chairwoman of the Crimestoppers committee Cr Rose Swadling, Rockhampton Regional Council CEO Evan Pardon and Sergeant Jody Fernie celebrate Crimestoppers Day today.
Rockhampton District Inspector Darren Somerville, chairwoman of the Crimestoppers committee Cr Rose Swadling, Rockhampton Regional Council CEO Evan Pardon and Sergeant Jody Fernie celebrate Crimestoppers Day today. Allan Reinikka

Crime Stoppers keep streets safe

THEY may not have super powers or wear lycra, but the volunteers of Rockhampton's Crime Stoppers are constantly working to keep our streets safe.

As the committees join other members across the state in celebrating Crime Stoppers Day today, they have a lot to be proud of.

In 2011, the Rockhampton community provided Crime Stoppers with information that led to the arrest of 46 offenders on charges relating to drugs, weapons, break-and-enter and possession of stolen property.

Rockhampton District Inspector Darren Somerville said the organisation was vital to the police.

"They provide a conduit from the community to us meaning the community can be the eyes and ears of the police," he said.

Chairwoman of the Crime Stoppers committee, Cr Rose Swadling, said anyone was welcome to join them at their meetings, held on the first Thursday of every month at the Bolsover St police station.

She also said they had great sponsorship from Rockhampton Regional Council.

"It brings two tiers of government, both the local and state, together," she said.

The council's chief executive officer Evan Pardon said the organisation brought a good outcome for all people.

"We're concerned with the community itself and any crime that targets members of the community or their assets," he said.

"If we can cut down on that it's good news for everyone."

Cr Swadling said the Crime Stoppers van would be at the main entrance of the 2012 Beef Expo in May.

"We will be working closely with the police and the neighbourhood watch," she said.

If you have any information to report to the police call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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