In recognition of 25 years of the Crime Stoppers program in New York City, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today thanked New Yorkers for their part in making neighborhoods safer. Since the launch of Crime Stoppers on August 15, 1983, anonymous callers to 1-800-577-TIPS have assisted the New York City Police Department in solving more than 2,500 violent crimes, including over 1,000 homicides.
Over the past 25 years, Crime Stoppers has received 341,000 calls that have led to the arrest of 2,798 suspects - including more than 1,000 murderers. Earlier this month Crime Stoppers was expanded to enable citizens to submit anonymous tips via text message.
"Crime Stoppers has helped enormously in the apprehension of violent criminals in our city." said Commissioner Kelly. "The Police Department is grateful to the public, the media and the New York City Police Foundation for working together to make this program a success."
The Crime Stoppers hotline is publicized whenever the NYPD seeks public assistance in solving a violent crime. If the information provided by a caller leads to an arrest and indictment of an individual responsible for that crime, the caller is eligible for a reward up to $2,000. The award is paid through the New York City Police Foundation, an independent organization dedicated to promoting public safety in New York City.
Since 1983 the New York City Police Foundation has paid over $1 million in rewards and sponsored outreach efforts to raise public awareness of the Crime Stoppers hotline.
"The New York City Police Foundation is extremely proud of our long association with this very successful police community partnership," said Valerie Salembier, Chair of the New York City Police Foundation. "As a result of anonymous calls to Crime Stoppers, thousands of dangerous criminals have been removed from the streets of New York and our city is safer for it."
Individuals with information about violent crimes are encouraged to call 1-800-577-TIPS, or send a text message to "CRIMES," (274637), then enter "TIP577".