Crimeline: Direct Line to Fight Crime

By Scott E. Kinney, Atlantic News Staff Writer

Atlantic News, Friday, February 1, 2008

[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News]

IN LINE WITH FIGHTING CRIME -- Gary Provencher was recently nominated chairman of the Crimeline for the Hamptons, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting local law officials in fighting crime.
[Atlantic News Photo by Scott E. Kinney]

SEACOAST -- It's more than a phone number and an e-mail address.

The Crimeline for the Hamptons is those things — and more — as a result of a group of dedicated community members who wish to aid the local authorities in suppressing crime, said newly elected chairman of the non-profit organization Gary Provencher.

"We assist the police of Hampton and neighboring towns through raising money and administering those funds against crime," he said.

In addition to providing a phone number and e-mail address where community member can leave anonymous and confidential tips on crimes in the area, the Crimeline of the Hamptons also supports local police through fundraising, providing money for necessary items not necessarily included in each department's budget. One such example, said Provencher, was the recent purchase of a camera that can detect fake ID's.

The money raised also is utilized to provide rewards for tips that come into the Crimeline that result in an arrest and conviction of suspects.

The group meets on a bi-monthly basis with police liaison, Lt. Dan Gidley to discuss past and future cases, vote on rewards for tips and discuss how the group can further assist the police. While the group is currently 10 to 12 strong, Provencher said they are always looking for more people to participate.

"We're always looking for active members," he said.

Although the non-profit gains a good deal of its money through fundraising, it also accepts donations. Those wishing to contribute should do so by contacting the Crimeline's treasurer, Jeff Dewer, at TDBanknorth located on 40 High Street. All donations are tax deductible.

The Crimeline itself has been effective over the years, aiding local police in solving several crimes, and therefore making numerous arrests, that otherwise might have gone unsolved.

For those calling the Crimeline, an automated voicemail system receives the call. Provencher said police then research the information and contact the callers if needed.

The Crimeline of the Hamptons can be reached by calling (603) 929-1222 or via e-mail at hamptonscrimeline@yahoo.com. Rewards are given for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of suspects.