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News Bulletin wins Crime Stoppers provincial award

The News Bulletin was named B.C.'s top publication in the 2011 Provincial Crime Stoppers Awards.

The awards, selected by the B.C. Crime Stoppers Advisory Board from nominations submitted from across the province, were announced Tuesday.

The News Bulletin was recognized for its Most Wanted page, published monthly, and Unsolved Crimes page, published every second week. The pages list unsolved crimes, names and photos of suspects wanted on arrest warrants, tips on how to prevent and report crimes and other crime-related public service announcements.

Other provincial winners include Island Radio for its Crime of the Week and public service announcements on Nanaimo's WAVE and WOLF radio stations, while Shaw TV won for its series of unsolved crime reenactments.

All publications and broadcasts are aimed at generating tips to from the public to Crime Stoppers to solve outstanding cases or help police track down wanted crime suspects.

Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, also won the award for police coordinator of the year.

O'Brien said Nanaimo media makes a huge financial commitment annually to Crime Stoppers with ongoing publications and broadcasts.

"It's nice to be recognized, but it's more reflective of the buy-in we have from our local media partners," O'Brien said. "Without them we couldn't have achieved the success that we have."

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