CQ crims not safe from you - Crime Stoppers in action

CRIME STOPPER: Emerald Crime Stoppers volunteers with Sgt Rob Smith and Const Renee Hogan.
CRIME STOPPER: Emerald Crime Stoppers volunteers with Sgt Rob Smith and Const Renee Hogan.

ELEVEN people have been arrested on a total of 21 charges following calls made to Crime Stoppers since July last year, proving you can make a difference in your community.

After a call to Crime Stoppers led to the arrest of a 29-year-old man who had possession of about $30,000- $40,000 of the drug ice, Emerald police Sergeant Rob Smith said the community should be praised.

"Emerald police are excited by the fact there has been an increase in information being reported to Crime Stoppers," Sgt Smith said.

"Some people think the information they know is minor or insignificant, however it could just be the missing piece of the puzzle that police need to solve an investigation."

Sgt Smith said in June last year a call was made to Crime Stoppers where a resident had noticed cars coming and going for short amounts of times from a house.

"A search warrant was executed by Emerald CIB where a male was located attempting to dispose of amphetamines down a toilet," Sgt Smith said.

Police found $700 of amphetamines and seized more than $3000 in cash, and the offender was charged with trafficking and possession charges.

"Crime Stoppers is an invaluable tool that assists local police in our fight to stamp out crime within our community," Sgt Smith said.

"I have nothing but praise for our Crime Stoppers volunteers who feel so passionately about protecting their community.

"It is a pleasure to work in a community that is so supportive of local police, and which allows us to focus our attention on ridding Emerald of criminal behaviour."

Central Queensland's Crime Stoppers calls contributed to the organisation's record-breaking 2014 results, with almost 54,500 reports made through the program around the state.

Last year online reporting grew in popularity with anonymous contacts through the organisation's website growing by 44%.

Crime Stoppers Day will be celebrated on Monday, and the Emerald group will have a display at Emerald Centro Market Place between noon and 5pm.

Call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

Queensland success

Arrests made from calls to Crime Stoppers in 2014:

4870 x drugs

222 x weapons

49 x drug trafficking

29 x breach of bail

15 x prostitution

11 x child pornography

4 x murder

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