Bolo Program Questions and Answers
To help you, we've compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions related to the Bolo Program and finding Canada's most wanted.
If you know where a most wanted individual is, or may be, or you have information that could lead to his or her arrest, submit your tip to the police, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers. The phone numbers and platforms to use to submit your tip are specific to each case.
Most wanted individuals must be considered armed and dangerous. Take no action to apprehend them yourself. You should immediately report any random sighting to the authorities by calling 911.
There’s only one right thing to do, for yourself, the wanted individual, and your community: the next time you’re alone in a safe place, call 911, the police, or Crime Stoppers (for anonymous tips).
What are the consequences of assisting or harboring a most wanted individual? The Criminal Code of Canada is clear: if you know that an individual is wanted by the police and you assist or harbor him or her, you may be considered an “accessory after the fact.” In other words, you’re committing a crime yourself. In particular, Article 23(1) of the Criminal Code states that “An accessory after the fact to an offence is one who, knowing that a person has been a party to the offence, receives, comforts or assists that person for the purpose of enabling that person to escape.” Similarly, Article 240 of the Criminal Code states that “every one who is an accessory after the fact to murder is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.”
Your warrant won’t go away. The police will always be looking for you. Again, there is only one right thing to do: get a lawyer and turn yourself in to the nearest police station.
From the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association website:
Crime Stoppers is a civilian, non-profit, charitable organization that brings together in a tripartite relationship, the police services of a community, the media and the community in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers provides citizens with a vehicle to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or potential crime of which they have knowledge. Cash rewards are offered to people who call the program, and their information leads to an arrest.
For most wanted cases you would typically contact:
- Crime Stoppers, if you have a tip you want to submit anonymously.
- The police, if you prefer to talk directly to the investigators working on the case.
- 911, if you’re facing an emergency, such as coming across a most wanted individual on the street.
Even if we live in a very safe country, a lot of people break the law and attempt to evade justice. Furthermore, police services have finite financial, material and human resources; they just can’t actively pursue every case, especially since most arrest warrants are for minor offences. However, hundreds of outstanding arrest warrants are for major crimes such as murders, sexual assaults, crimes against children, and terrorism.
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We’re picking up the tab! What we really need is your participation.
It’s our collective responsibility to look after each other. This is one of the things that makes Canada one of the best and safest countries in the world. Most wanted individuals have either been indicted or convicted of committing major crimes. These individuals have broken the law (or are suspected to have done so) and are likely to break the law again, because being on the run is very difficult to sustain, both financially and psychologically. They represent a threat to our communities, and they should face justice.
Absolutely not! We cooperate with police services to boost their requests for assistance from the public on ‘most wanted’ cases. A police officer would never tell you to try to apprehend yourself a most wanted individual. If you see a most wanted individual or have a tip to submit, contact Crime Stoppers, the police, or 911. Don’t forget that citizens are the eyes and ears of the police.