Eagles heroes swoop in to fight crime

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
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West Coast Eagles champions Daniel Kerr and Mark LeCras were in Bunbury on Wednesday to help spread the Dob in a Dealer message for Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers’ Dob in a Dealer campaign is a national program funded by the Federal Government to help stop Australia’s supply chain of illicit drugs, including methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.

Kerr, a premiership star for the Eagles in 2006, said it was vital to teach kids from a young age it was not a bad thing to report crime.

“I think it’s really important for young kids to understand Crime Stoppers,” he said

“It’s important that we introduce them to the brand early so when they get older they know Crime Stoppers is there to help.”

Kerr runs the foundation Together We Can and teamed up with Crime Stoppers to run a program to teach youth in Bunbury about reporting crime.

He said personal issues had driven him to set an example for young people.

“I’ve had my problems in my life and the foundation as a whole is a my way of trying to right my wrongs, which I know you can never really do,” Kerr said. “But on a personal note, it’s nice to get some good karma happening and give back to the community and make kids aware of the danger out there.”

Forrest MHR Nola Marino said when the community came together, campaigns such as Dob in a Dealer really thrived.

“When you see the community work together, that’s when we see the best results and that’s what this actual campaign is aimed at,” Mrs Marino said. “When this started as a national program in 2016 there was a 56 per cent increase in reported dob in drug dealer instances.

“So it really shows, when the community gets involved that’s a really good result.”

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