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Johannesburg – South Africa will next month host the 35th Annual Crime Stoppers Conference which will see the global crime fighting community converge in Cape Town.

Hosted in Africa for the first time, Crime Stoppers is an international body that is active in over 26 countries around the world through programmes that are driven by the anonymous tip-offs that are passed on to law enforcement.

The four-day conference to be held in Cape Town from 12 – 15 October 2014, will offer delegates a comprehensive look at crime globally, but with actions and solutions that they can take home. It will be held under the theme, ‘It’s Time’.

Speaking at the formal launch of the conference on Monday, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said that South African Police Service (SAPS) has an abundance of experience in successfully securing events of this nature.

“Last year, we also hosted a similar conference, when over 1000 policewomen descended on our shores for the International Association of Women Police’s (IAWP) annual training conference in Durban.

“This is yet another chance for all of us as South Africans and those of us in law enforcement in particular to showcase our hospitality as well as our professionalism, expertise and skills,” Phiyega said.

Head of Crime Line Yusuf Abramjee, who is also appointed to the Board of Crime Stoppers International, said South Africa always wanted to bring the conference here, not as talk shop, but an opportunity to learn and impart innovations that are used successfully elsewhere in the world.

“Every year, they host a training conference to bring the global crime fighting community together to network, learn, debate and ultimately take advancements and innovations back to their responsive countries,” Abramjee said.

The conference will cover a variety of issues including human trafficking, drug trafficking, crime against women and children, financial crimes, intellectual property theft. It will also cover issues including cyber-crime, environmental crimes, motor-vehicle theft and corruption.