The anonymous crime tip line Crime Stoppers has now made its way to the Blood Tribe. Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit agency that allows you to provide confidential tips on crime. If a tip leads to an arrest you can be eligible for a financial reward. The Blood Tribe Crime Stoppers is the first Indigenous-led initiative in Canada. The Chief of the Blood Tribe Police Force, Brice Iron Shirt, says using Crime Stoppers will be beneficial in battling the opioid crisis facing the reserve.
“As it stands right now we’re very limited in resources and utilizing this program is going to be a great benefit as our ways of gathering intelligence has basically shot forward now. We’re anticipating a huge help in combating the opioid crisis.”
“The reason this is so important is because we want to show other Indigenous communities that thinking outside the box and just going for an idea or concept that you have is possible. Not only that, we can work together to keep our communities safe. I think right now with the rising crimes in our Indigenous communities, we need to think about something else. But also protecting our people at the same time,” says Constable Samantha Pederson of the Blood Tribe Police Service.
You can call 1-800-222-8477 if you have a tip related to a crime and a trained professional will be able to walk you through the process.
You can also visit the Crime Stoppers website to submit a tip https://crimestoppers.ab.ca/