Crime Stoppers, the independent charity organisation that has helped lead police to solve some of Australia’s biggest cases, will soon close its doors in Queensland due to a lack of funds.
From the disappearance of Samuel Thompson, to the murder of Tialeigh Palmer and the death of Daniel Morcombe, tips to Crime Stoppers have been vital in uncovering crucial answers for Australia’s crimes.
Despite that, the organisation in Queensland is now $250,000 short of a funding target to be able to keep operating with anonymous volunteers as the main driving force.
From next week, police will man the phones for the group.
Callers who contact the service will still be able to remain anonymous, but there are fears the numbers of calls will drop.
“(It is) a little worrying,” Bruce Morcombe, the father of Daniel, told 9News.
Bruce Morcombe, the father of murdered Daniel, expressed his concern that Crime Stoppers in Queensland will now be operated by police. (9NEWS)
“There’s always been some separation between volunteers at Crime Stoppers and the police service.”
Bill Potts, the President of the Queensland Law Society, also said that anonymous informants will become nervous about submitting vital information about crimes directly to the police.
“There will always be doubts if you’re ringing a police line about that,” he said.
In total, 22 workers and 45 volunteers will be cut from Crime Stoppers from next week – which has left Trevor O’Hara, the general manager, shattered.
Fears have been raised that after the change-over, calls to Crime Stoppers will reduce and make people with vital information nervous to talk directly to police. (9NEWS)
“It’s been an amazing journey for us to get here in this point in time,” he said.
“Volumes of contacts might reduce, but Crime Stoppers will continue as a program.”
The concerns have even been voiced among senior police officers who claim their low staff numbers are already stretched in responding to crimes.
Despite that, the Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee has insisted that the changeover will run smoothly.
“We’ll work with Crime Stoppers to make that transition absolutely seamless,” he said.
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