In 1987 two programs, Sudbury Regional Crime Stoppers and Rainbow Country Crime Stoppers were established to provide a proactive way for the community to assist police in the fight against crime. In 1993 the two programs were amalgamated to become even more effective, forming Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers.
The geographical area of responsibility for Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers encompasses all of the City of Greater Sudbury, Espanola, Manitoulin Island, the North Shore, Elliot Lake, Alban, Noelville, Killarney, Britt, Markstay-Warren and Highway 144 North to the Watershed.
Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers is overseen by a Board of Directors of up to 30 volunteers from the community. The Board of Directors sets the policies for the operation of the program, assists with public awareness initiatives and raises money from the community to pay rewards and cover costs associated with operating the organization.