A partnership between a Vernon trucking company and the North Okanagan Shuswap Crime Stoppers Society has earned provincial recognition.
DCT Chambers Trucking Ltd. was named Corporate Partner of the Year at the 2013 Crime Stoppers provincial conference in Vancouver Saturday.
The Crime Stoppers’ logo and universal phone number – 1-800-222-8477 – has been added to the back of 100 DCT semitrucks that travels across the province and into the northern U.S.
“The idea behind this was to give more exposure to our logo and to our phone number so that if you see a crime or are the victim of crime, you’ll phone our organization,” said Roger Knox, president of the North Okanagan Shuswap Crime Stoppers Society.
“Putting it on the back of a semi is great as motorists passing one of the trucks can see the logo and number.
“To team up with a huge trucking firm like DCT to help spread our image and our phone number has been great. It has received a lot of positive feedback.”
Dave Chambers of DCT, who accepted the honour along with his son, Ryan, Monday, said the partnership with Crime Stoppers is a great fit for the company’s longtime support of the RCMP.
“We’ve been approached by for-profit and non-profit organizations before, and in all cases there was always something that inhibited the use of doing it,” said Dave Chambers. “This was universal. Crime affects every family, person and every company in every area we operate. It was a very easy one to say yes to.”
Added Ryan Chambers: “The initial order was for 100 units in the Okanagan, Castlegar, Cranbrook and Lower Mainland area, and we focused on the highest utilized trailers you see on the road everyday. We’ve ordered another 100 plaques to put on another 100 units.”
There were two other awards handed out to the local Crime Stoppers board.
Longtime North Okanagan-Shuswap Crime Stoppers Society volunteer Gord Molendyk was honoured with the co-ordinator of the year award for programs with populations under 100,000.
“To those of us who serve on the board, we felt it’s a long, overdue recognition for Gord,” said Knox. “Our organization would be lost without him. He is the face of our organization, he keeps things running smoothly, and is incredibly well-organized. We’re very happy for Gord.”
“It’s very humbling,” said Molendyk.
The final award was a 2012 Milestone Productivity award given to organizations with a population base between 20,000 and 100,000.
The award is based on Crime Stoppers in the region that help police detachments seize drugs.
Thanks to Crime Stoppers’ tips, North Okanagan Shuswap police were able to seize $615,000 in drugs in 2012.
There are 25 Crime Stoppers organizations in B.C.
Delegates from the Prairie provinces also attended the three-day Vancouver conference.