Matilda’s striker Sam Kerr and her ex-West Coast Eagles brother, Daniel, today helped launch the WA leg of Crime Stoppers ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.
The sporting champions have come onboard with Crime Stoppers WA to help spread the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ message, as well as inspiring young children to make better decisions by getting involved in team environments based around sport, arts, music and dance.
The Crime Stoppers ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign is a national program funded by the Federal Government to help stop Australia’s supply chain of illicit drugs, including methylamphetamine (ice), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.
When the campaign last ran in WA in 2016, Crime Stoppers received a 56% increase in the number of alleged “drug dealer” incident reports from the community.
Crime Stoppers WA CEO Dr Vince Hughes said WA residents were being asked to help police disrupt the manufacture and supply of drugs in their area by reporting anything they know about drug-dealing offences.
“Criminal drug related activity is not only costing millions of dollars in healthcare and law enforcement, but it is tragically and unnecessarily costing human lives,” Dr Hughes said.
“We know these type of local campaigns can help police get drug dealers off our streets.
“We’re not asking people to “dob” in their mates through the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.
“We’re actually asking you to BE a mate and look after the welfare of your friends, your family and your colleagues by safely reporting to Crime Stoppers anything you have seen or heard that could relate to the import, manufacture or supply of illicit drugs.
“You don’t have to have the complete story. Your small piece of information could be the missing piece of the puzzle.”
If you have information about someone who is manufacturing or dealing drugs, you can contact Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au or phone 1800 333 000. You can remain anonymous.
Dr Hughes said the partnership with the Together We Can Aboriginal Corporation was aimed at helping Crime Stoppers spread the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ message to a wider audience, as well as inspiring young children to make better decisions by getting involved in team environments based around sport, arts, music and dance.
“Crime Stoppers is about preventing crime as well as helping to solve crime,” Dr Hughes said.
“This year’s ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign across Western Australia is about helping to prevent crime and helping our police to solve crime.”
The WA leg of Crime Stoppers “Dob in a Dealer” campaign was officially launched by Senator Linda Reynolds CSC, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs and Senator for Western Australia.
Senator Reynolds was joined in launching the campaign by WA Police Superintendent (Organised Crime) Kim Massam, City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM JP and Armadale MLA Dr Tony Buti.