New York City Police Department

Press Release | No. 2008-046

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 046
Monday, October 20, 2008



NYPD LAUNCHES CRIMESTOPPERS WEBSITE

www.nypdcrimestoppers.com lists New York's most wanted, requests public assistance to help solve violent crimes, and accepts anonymous "e-tips" in 5 languages.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the launch of a new website www.nypdcrimestoppers.com  . The CRIMESTOPPERS website will serve as a clearinghouse for photographs and videos of New York's most wanted criminals. The website also features an "e-tips" system that enables users to e-mail tips through a secure and anonymous system. The website is available in English, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

"Over the past 25 years CRIMESTOPPERS have assisted the New York City Police Department in solving more than 2,500 violent crimes, including over 1,000 homicides," said Commissioner Kelly. "By distributing information through nypdcrimestoppers.com we hope to get the attention of more New Yorkers who can provide tips that will help solve crimes and get violent felons off of our neighborhood streets."

CRIMESTOPPERS information is updated whenever the NYPD seeks public assistance in solving a violent crime. The website and email service will complement the existing CRIMESTOPPER tip phone line (1-800-577-TIPS) and text messaging capacity (by texting TIP577 plus your tip to 274637 "CRIMES").

Information provided through "e-tips" is secured over the internet through an encrypted system. After submitting their tip, users of the email form will receive a tip identification number. Users should save the tip ID and call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-577-TIPS (1-800-577-8477) for a status on the tip.

If the tip provided by a caller leads to an arrest and indictment of an individual responsible for that crime, the user is then 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.

Individuals calling, emailing or texting to CRIMESTOPPERS do not reveal their identities and cash rewards distributed by the Police Foundation are always received anonymously.

New York City CRIMESTOPPERS was founded in 1983.

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