A joint national operation between Crime Stoppers and all police jurisdictions around Australia was launched today to seek the public’s help to track down some of the country’s most wanted fugitives from justice.

Chairperson of Crime Stoppers Australia Ltd, Bryan Roach, said Operation Roam, which will run from 17 to 28 August, focuses on suspects who have most likely fled interstate to avoid being caught.

“Our list features 20 fugitives who are suspected of serious crimes such as murder, assault, armed robbery, rape and drug trafficking as well as a range of other crimes. They need to be accountable for their alleged offences,” said Mr Roach.

“A reward of up to $1,000 is offered for tips that lead to the arrest of any of the wanted persons,” said Mr Roach.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Stewart of the Queensland Police Service said that the fugitives have tried to evade police by leaving their area of residence and moving elsewhere, including interstate.

“Even though their original place of residence may be elsewhere, they may have moved into your area,” said Mr Stewart.

“Suspects could be in your neighbourhood now. If you see one of these people, call triple zero immediately. If you have information on their whereabouts, you can make an anonymous call to 1800 333 000 or you can make an online report via crimestoppers.com.au.”

People can easily see photos and details of suspects in the Crime Stoppers Australia website www.crimestopperswa.com.au/news/operationroam.

Crime Stoppers Australia Ltd is an independent, not-for-profit community organisation working in partnership with police to help any member of the public play a key role in solving crime. Crime Stoppers has become one of the best known and respected names around the nation since it was established in Australia almost 30 years ago.

Reflecting this valuable contribution to the Australian community, contacts from the public to Crime Stoppers in 2014 resulted in a total of 113,000 intelligence reports written from 252,000 contacts, leading to 5,419 arrests and 16,022 charges.