Duncan duo raising money for Crime Stoppers
SDSG MP Eric Duncan was joined by his father Ed Duncan at Winchester Foodland on Jan. 11 to participate in the 2020 Cuffed Up For A Cause fundraiser for Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers. Thompson Goddard photo

The 2020 Cuffed Up For A Cause event was held on Jan. 11 at the Winchester Foodland. Back row, from the left: Sue Lariviere, Larry Ruston, Const. Tylor Copeland. Front row: SDSG MP Eric Duncan, Ed Duncan. and Sue Lariviere. Thompson Goddard photo

WINCHESTER – Cuffed Up For A Cause 2020 featured Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry MP Eric Duncan and his father Ed Duncan sporting handcuffs and raising $2500 for Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers on Jan. 11 at Winchester Foodland. For the third year, this event has been held in January which is designated as National Crime Stoppers’ Month according to SDG OPP Const. Tylor Copeland, police coordinator for Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers.

Copeland described Crime Stoppers as a very effective policing tool used by several law enforcement agencies throughout the united counties. It uses anonymous tips provided either online or by phone. He said the 2019 SDG statistics showed 272 tips were received, with 19 arrests made and $2,200 in reward money provided.

When asked how anonymity is guaranteed, he explained tips are given though a secure national tip line, 1-800-222-TIPS, and then given to police. The person providing the tip provides no personal information and is provided with an identification number to use if follow-up is necessary.

Copeland extended a “thank you to the Duncan Duo and their willingness to support Crime Stoppers.” Duncan and his father seemed to be enjoying their time in cuffs, with many people stopping by to make a donation while visiting with them. MPP Duncan commented that Crime Stoppers was “a great cause, was well respected in the community” and provides people with an opportunity to assist in making our communities safer.

The directors of SDG Crime Stoppers, Sue Lariviere and Larry Ruston, were busy taking donations at the Crime Stoppers desk and mentioned there was a steady stream of people making donations to free the “Duncan Duo.” Each person making a $10 donation to Crime Stoppers was given a ticket for a draw for two gift baskets provided courtesy of Winchester Foodland.

Customer service manager Heather Tupper said each basket had a value of approximately $100 with the themes being “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Super Bowl.” She added that the staff at the Winchester Foodland along with owner Dan Pettigrew were committed to providing support and assistance to the local community.

More information on the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association can be found at www.canadiancrimestoppers.org.



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