If you have information about an individual case, or you recognize a missing person, it is vital to let investigators know. The smallest detail or tip can go a long way in helping to solve an investigation.
There are a number of options for passing along information regarding a missing person. You may choose to contact:
Crime Stoppers is a civilian non-profit community-based charitable organization that brings together police, media and the public to help solve or prevent crime. Its goal is to provide the public a way to report information they have about a crime or crimes without contacting police directly.
A key feature of Crime Stoppers is the guarantee that people providing tips, or tipsters, can remain completely anonymous. This can be important when tipsters have safety or other concerns.
When a person contacts Crime Stoppers, s/he is given a unique code number. Callers do not have to give their name or identify themselves.
A trained staff member documents the tipster’s information and forwards it to the investigating officers.
The tipster will not be asked to reveal her/his name, will not be required to make a formal statement to police and will not have to appear in court.
Crime Stoppers guarantees the anonymity of tipsters in two ways. First, whether contacted by phone or through a web tip, the identity is not traced. Secondly, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that protecting the identity of the tipster is paramount. As a result, a tipster name (if known) or other information that might reveal her or his identity cannot be disclosed.
To read the Supreme Court’s decision, visit
If you have information about a missing person and maintaining your anonymity is not a concern, information can be submitted to your local police or the police agency handling the case. Please note that your name and contact information will be recorded by police.
A number of police, public or family websites accept tips. However, it is important to know that none can guarantee your anonymity.
Whichever method you use, if think you have recognized a missing person or have information about any missing person’s case, please share your information with police. It is the best way to help locate a missing person.
Visit www.canadiancrimestoppers.org/ for more information.
This document has been developed by the CCIMA for general information purposes (12/2012).