State Government funding decision statement
Posted on 21/06/2018
As an independent not for profit that provides safe and anonymous means to report crime and criminal activity, Crime Stoppers SA is extremely disappointed at the decision by the Marshall Liberal Government to re-think its support for a funding commitment announced by the previous government.
The funding commitment, which was announced in February, would have eased the financial pressure that the program has been experiencing in recent years and would have allowed Crime Stoppers SA to focus on becoming financially sustainable through a range of means, including inviting like-minded organisations in the private sector to become a program partner.
Despite solving an average of 25 crimes every week and directly contributing to a safer South Australia, the program has never received financial support from State Government for its operations and rewards scheme.
This lack of support has begun to severely limit the effectiveness of the program and sees Crime Stoppers SA out of step with other Crime Stoppers programs across the country that each receive funding support from their respective State or Territory governments.
Since the program first began in South Australia, more than $219,500 in rewards have been paid to members of the community, more than 31,000 crimes solved, 20,623 persons apprehended and about $9m worth of property recovered.
At the request of the Attorney General, Crime Stoppers SA has recently met with Police Minister Wingard to again present its case for funding ahead of the State Budget being handed down in September.
Nearly 19,500 calls were received during the 2017 calendar year from people wanting to share information, resulting in a total of 911 apprehensions made.