In July 1976, Greg MacAleese, a police officer investigating the fatal shooting of Michael Carmen in Albuquerque, New Mexico needed help in solving this senseless murder. He created a crime scene reenactment, put up his own reward money and guaranteed anonymity.
This started the program we know today – Crime Stoppers.
For his efforts, Detective MacAleese was named one of the people who changed the face of the United States in the 1970's and was also named the country's Police Officer of the year.
Since adopting Crime Stoppers, New Mexico's crime rate has dropped significantly.
In 1979, Crime Stoppers became a national program.
In 1984, the world-wide anti-crime movement “Crime Stoppers International” was created and today there are over 1000 programs in 21 countries.
1982 - Calgary started the first Canadian program
1990 - Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers began