Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents Bob Dennistoun’s “The Alternative to Silence” on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Dennistoun, board chair of Crime Stoppers Minnesota, will explain how this 40-year-old statewide, nonprofit organization helps to keep communities safe. His program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Park Theatre.

Crime Stoppers provides citizens with the means to come forward with information about criminals and fugitives in a manner that keeps that member of the public anonymous. That information is then sent to law enforcement agencies across the whole state for use in their investigations.

Dennistoun says, thanks to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, people can “do the right thing” who need the cover of anonymity to share it and stay safe. He will explain why Crime Stoppers is growing, the methods for the public to submit tips, the reward it offers, why it is an alternative to silence, show its reach to all law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and explain its funding sources.

Dennistoun has been on the Crime Stoppers of Minnesota Board since 2009, He also serves as a board member of Crime Stoppers USA, a national educational organization supporting local Crime Stoppers across the country, of which there are more than 300 in operation. Dennistoun is retired from business in the Twin Cities and now resides in Bemidji.

The HCLL program is open to the public, free of charge and handicap accessible.