| NO. 2003-143
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 143
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly And New York City Police Foundation President Pamela Delaney Announce That The Crime Stoppers Program Will Give Away Its Millionth Dollar
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
and New York City Police Foundation President Pamela Delaney announced today
that the groundbreaking Crime Stoppers program will give away its millionth
dollar. This landmark comes right after the program recorded twenty years of
After several months of planning, Crime Stoppers was
officially launched on August 15, 1983. The first call the fledgling program
received regarded the kidnapping of 10-year-old Etan Patz. At the time, the
reward for any information leading to an arrest was $500.
later, Crime Stoppers has grown from those humble beginnings of a $500 reward
offer to giving away a total of one million dollars to concerned New Yorkers who
strive to make the city safer. Today, individual rewards can reach as much as
$2000. Crime Stoppers can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling
The New York City Police Foundation's role is to fund and
distribute the rewards, coordinate efforts to raise public awareness of Crime
Stoppers and seek and accept donations to support the program.
not-for-profit Police Foundation is the only charity authorized by the
New York City Police Department to collect money on its behalf.
Stoppers has made an enormous difference in the apprehension of criminals in New
York City," said Commissioner Kelly. "In October of this year alone, we received
more than 1,407 calls, arrested 9 suspects and cleared 13 cases. Magnify these
astounding results over 20 years and you can see the dramatic impact Crime
Stoppers has had in reducing crime. The Police Department is very grateful to
the New York City Police Foundation for their dedication to raising money that
helps to make Crime Stoppers a success."
The statistics clearly
underscore the success of Crime Stoppers. Since the program's inception, the
following crimes have been solved:
* 772 murders (which is more than three
percent of all murders committed during that time period);
* 205 attempted
* 1,279 robberies.
Crime Stoppers has received a total of
253,466 calls, which has led to the arrests of 2,178 suspects and the clearance
of 3,580 cases. In addition, Crime Stoppers recovered narcotics with a total
value of $15,516,359 and the Police Department recommended 1,724 cash
"Crime Stoppers has proven its value time and time again in the
20 years since its inception," said Pamela Delaney, President of the New York
City Police Foundation. "Its success is due not only to motivated
who are eager to help solve crimes, but to the generosity of our donors, who
have helped us give away one million dollars since Crime Stoppers was born. We
thank all of them, as does New York City."
The millionth dollar will be
awarded to the caller who provided information that led police to the
apprehension and indictment of Russell James, 28, who was arrested on charges
that he stabbed a man to death in the Bronx in 1996. "Crime Stoppers is living
proof that the people of New York City are like the New York City Police
Department - deeply concerned about their quality of life and getting criminals
off the street," said
Gregg Roberts, Executive Vice President of the Police
Foundation. "Crime Stoppers is a fantastic example of what effective
public/private partnerships can achieve."
The cash rewards distributed by
the Police Foundation are always received anonymously. Callers do not reveal
their names. Instead, they receive a code number that can be redeemed at a bank
for cash rewards.
Founded in 1971, the New York City Police Foundation is
an independent organization dedicated to strengthening the Police Department and
promoting public safety in New York City. Through the support of
businesses and philanthropies, the Foundation has been able to invest over $40
million in police projects to help the Police Department improve the quality of
its service to the public.