Applicants swarm to volunteer for CrimeStoppers

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Oahu residents are clearly fed up with crime. Honolulu CrimeStoppers put out a call for volunteers hoping a handful of people would step forward. Instead, hundreds did, and more applications are coming in.
 
Some 650 people – and counting – have applied to volunteer with CrimeStoppers — to the surprise of Sgt. Chris Kim, the program coordinator.
 
He says he’s surprised, but at the same time, not surprised, “because we’re talking about Hawaii. People of Hawaii are different, they’re genuinely concerned and want to take an active approach in basically helping make their community safe.”
 
Kim says the massive group of applicants runs the gamut, from high school and college students to prominent members of the community including hotel managers and former military personnel.
 
A CrimeStoppers volunteer handles phone calls, receives and takes down tips, which are then shared with investigators.
 
Sgt. Chris Kim says CrimeStoppers’ contribution to HPD is significant. “Last year we took in over 3,000 calls relating to crimes or information as to where suspects were. That led to 34 arrests, so we’re very instrumental in helping the Honolulu Police Department fight crime and solve cases.”
 
Tips that lead to an arrest can earn anonymous tipsters up to 1-thousand dollars. And volunteering with CrimeStoppers can be rewarding on a different level.
Christina Ha has been a volunteer for 18 years.
 
She says, “We have all different issues coming in and my favorite is a missing person. I feel like it’s my family so if we found a missing person I feel really happy and joy.”
 
Sgt. Kim wishes the program could take in all 600-plus applicants and wants those who do not receive a call, to know that there are many more opportunities to volunteer with the Honolulu Police Department.
CrimeStoppers also stages a golf tournament and a fundraising dinner each year and volunteers for those are always needed.

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