Former Army officer Bryan Roach AFAIM is putting his strong leadership skills to good use as president of Crime Stoppers International
EVERY 14 minutes, a crime is solved somewhere in the world with the help of anonymous tip-offs to Crime Stoppers. Since its first chapetr was formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976, the not-for-profit organisation has spread to more than 30 countries. Its programs have been responsible for more than a million arrests and the seizure of more than US$10 billion in illegal drugs.
As president of Crime Stoppers International, AIM Member Bryan Roach dedicates up to 30 hours a week leading the organisation’s global expansion program. And that’s on top of his day job.
Crime Stoppers International’s mission is to ‘mobilise the world to report crime anonymously’. This is no small task, but Roach has the experience required to help do the job. A management consultant with KPMG in Canberra and former army officer, he joined the Australian Crime Stoppers Program a decade ago as chairman of the organisation’s Australian Capital Territory chapter and went on to become national chairman from 2011-2016.
“A former army colleague who had joined the Australian Federal Police contacted me to ask if I had some spare time because the [ACT] Crime Stoppers board needed some leadership,” Roach says. “I was appointed as the new chairman and I had to rebuild the board.”
Roach knew little about Crime Stoppers when he joined the ACT board but quickly appreciated its service to the community. Crime Stoppers in Australia has received more than a million contacts in the past four years. Calls and online reports submitted to Crime Stoppers in Australia resulted in police making an average of 21 arrests per day in 2016, up from an average of 17 arrests per day in 2015. Some 50,000 arrests have resulted from anonymous reports from the public to Crime Stoppers in the past 10 years.
“It encourages people across the country to report what they know about any crime to Crime Stoppers,” Roach says. “I recognised the good to the community and the need for an organisation like this to be managed and led.”
While chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Roach was responsible for negotiating Federal Government funding for the organisation’s Dob in a Dealer campaign, which was launched in February last year to encourage people to report ice, or crystal methamphetamine, dealers.
In August last year, Roach led Crime Stoppers Australia’s annual national wanted persons campaign, Operation ROAM, which resulted in the arrest of eight fugitives. “These types of campaigns work really well because they’re inexpensive to conduct and the way we appeal to the community is to highlight how they can play a role in stopping crime.”
Since his appointment as president of Crime Stoppers International in October last year, Roach has led the development and implementation of the organisation’s strategic plan. “There are a lot of early-morning calls and late nights because I need to communicate with Crime Stoppers around the world,” he says.
With headquarters in the Netherlands, Crime Stoppers International focuses on four transnational crimes – human trafficking, illicit trade, financial crimes and environmental crimes such as animal poaching.
“We partner with the likes of Interpol and federal police across the globe,” Roach explains.
“The fact is that people can make a difference. Through anonymous reporting, they can help to preserve their own welfare. We don’t need to know your name or your phone number, but we do need to know what information you have on criminal activity and crimes.”