Grey Bruce Crime Stoppers   says goodbye to retiring Board member
by Sandy Lindsay

April 24, 2016

Crime Stoppers

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Grey Bruce Crime Stoppers Board
(L-R) Audrey Keip, Betty Bender (Chair), Mike Lundy (IT), Krista Boyd, Cindy Carter, Mallory Ward & Cathy Coburn

(L-R) West Grey Police Chief Rene Berger, MP Larry Miller, Sharon and Dean Rutherford

Sharon and Dean Rutherford with MPP Bill Walker

For some 18 years, Constable Dean Rutherford represented Grey-Bruce OPP on the local Crime Stoppers board and, on April 23rd, the Board held a come-and-go event at the Tara Community Centre, for friends and colleagues to say goodbye.  

Dean Rutherford (Constable ret'd)

Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce has been an effective support for local Police Services and, Rutherford, retired from South Bruce OPP, has played an integral part as Program Coordinator with the three key elements of the organization ... the community, the media and law enforcement.

Dean Rutherford was presented with a plaque from West Grey Police Chief Rene Berger

Sharon Rutherford talks with long-time friend of the Rutherfords, Len Metcalfe

Although Dean Rutherford has officially retired, he will still play a lead role in organizing the Crime Stoppers upcoming Golf Tournament, which is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the registered, incorporated charity.

"I'm looking forward to taking some time off and spending it with family," says Rutherford. "I plan on going to the cottage and having time with my grandson."

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All of Crime Stoppers activities are funded by the Board of Directors and volunteers through their commitment to fundraising events with little government support.

The volunteer-driven organization has become the 'eyes and ears' of local police forces and, through its anonymous 'tips' program, enables those same police forces to carry out crime prevention programs. 

Dean Rutherford and Len Metcalfe
(auctioneer for Crime Stoppers golf tournament live auction)

"There is no doubt that Dean will be missed," says Crime Stoppers Chair, Betty Bender, "but we are very fortunate that we have also begun attracting more young people to the Board who have new ideas to move forward.  Crime Stoppers is one of the most valuable support services for local police forces and Board members and volunteers are very dedicated."

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