Who We Are
Crime Stoppers Barbados
Ten years ago in 2009, Devrol Dupigny came to Barbados and launched Crime Stoppers Barbados. It is one of 30 international organizations spread across the globe whose mandate is to provide a mechanism for the public to give information that they have on a crime that was committed or one which is being planned, in a confidential and anonymous manner.
Who runs Crime Stoppers Barbados
Crime Stoppers Barbados is run by a civilian volunteer Board of Directors which is comprised of business persons from a variety of areas. The Acting Chairman of the Board is Mr. Jon Martineau. The day-to-day functions of the organization are managed by the Programme Director, Sherie Holder-Olutayo.
As a non-profit, charitable organization, Crime Stoppers relies on contributions from the business community and the public for funding. Like any other organization, Crime Stoppers Barbados requires funding for its operational, administrative and marketing expenses, and to pay rewards for tipsters. Those who provide information that leads to an arrest or a seizure of drugs, guns, or recovery of stolen property are paid up to $1000 cash.
How is Crime Stoppers confidential and anonymous?
When you call Crime Stoppers Barbados at 1-800-8477, the call is routed to our call Centre in Canada. The call centre is not equipped with caller ID or voicemail, or any other feature that can trace a call or identify a caller’s phone number.
After you have given your information, the tele-operator will give you a Confidential Control Number. You will be asked to call back Crime Stoppers in 30 days to find out if the information you provided was useful, if it led to an arrest, and whether you are eligible to collect a reward payment.
An officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force has been appointed as the Police Coordinator for Crime Stoppers. As soon as a report is made to the Call Centre, he is immediately notified via an online system and acts on the information received.
CRIME STOPPERS BARBADOS WORK IN SCHOOLS
Crime Stoppers Barbados is also working in the islands secondary and primary schools. For the past seven years with the financial support of the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust, Crime Stoppers has been running the Cool Yuh Head programme, an anger management and conflict resolution programme in 18 of the island’s 21 secondary schools. It has been sponsored solely by the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust since June 2011 after having received approval from the Ministry of Education.
“Cool Yuh Head” has reached more than 20,000 students in secondary schools. We have also worked with summer camps, churches and done special workshops.
In October, Crime Stoppers Barbados partnered with UNICEF and JADA to launch “Cool Kids” an anger management and conflict resolution programme in primary schools. It is a prevention-based program for students aged 5-11.
Students learn how to cope with anger, identify how anger affects their bodies, understand their emotional triggers; label emotions and communicate these effectively; respond in proportionate ways; and develop a selection of strategies, including acting assertively and developing problem solving skills.
So far we have worked with six primary schools including Milton Lynch Primary, St. Ambrose, Christ Church Girls, Westbury Primary School, Wesley Hall Primary and Bay Primary.