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About our Program

In 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a 19 year-old college student was shot and killed in a robbery of the gas station where he worked.  The case went unsolved amid a public outcry to solve it.  A detective named Greg MacAleese, working with a local TV station, came up with a simple but brilliant idea.  They raised a small reward fund in the community then filmed a reenactment of the crime.  Viewers were given a phone number where they could call anonymously with information on the case and receive the reward if their information led to an arrest.

Not only did they receive a tip that solved that case, about one hundred calls came in from people who wanted to give information about other crimes but were afraid to come forward to police.  It was obvious to everyone involved that they had hit upon a crime-fighting goldmine.  A nonprofit program called Crime Stoppers was formed with a volunteer board of citizens to approve rewards and raise funds.  Soon other communities began to copy the program and before long Crime Stoppers had spread across the country.  Our local program was initiated in 1982.

Today there are Crime Stoppers hotlines in every state and in more than twenty other nations around the world including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Poland, South Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, and many other countries.

Founded in 1982, our Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline marked its 30th anniversary in 2013.  For 30+ years our program has helped keep the Kansas City metro area a safer place to live, raise a family, do business and visit.  Our program is recognized year after year as one of the world’s leading Crime Stoppers programs.  We are often called upon for advice by other existing programs and to help set up new ones in other cities.  Most recently we aided the city and county of St. Louis in establishing a Crime Stoppers program there.

Day after day our hotline rings with information from concerned citizens who want to tell what they know about crimes or wanted criminals.  On average, our hotline helps solve four felony cases each and every day.

Our record of success over the years has included tips that helped solve many high-profile crimes such as the Ali Kemp murder case, the 1988 deaths of six firefighters, the arrest of serial killer Richard Grissom, the Kelsey Smith murder case and many others.

Since 2004 one of our most successful programs has been our partnership with Lamar Advertising.  Lamar continues to donate valuable billboard space on which they display photos of fugitives wanted for murder in the metro area.  Since its inception this initiative has helped put at least nine suspects in jail and has become a model for other Crime Stoppers programs in the U.S.

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Our program is committed to continuing our fight to solve crime, track down dangerous fugitives, and make our community safer.  To do this, we only need the support of the citizens and the business community we serve.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline, a program of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, to facilitate a partnership between the public, the media and law enforcement in order to help make the metropolitan area a safer place to live, work and visit.  Crime Stoppers utilizes citizen support and media assistance in aiding law enforcement agencies in solving crimes and bringing wanted criminals to justice.

You are also encouraged to check the link to the KC Metropolitan Crime Commission here:  http://www.kc-crime.org/index.cfm


Who is Involved

Dave Lamaster      Chairman
Todd Harrison, Ferrellgas      President
Darren Griffith      Vice President
Gregg Riess, Grant Thornton, LLC.      Vice President
Kory Frick      Secretary
Loren Procter      Board Member
Marc Milburn      Board Member
Steve Cox      Board Member
Steve DiGiacinto      Board Member
Linda Fisher      Board Member
Dan Guckenheimer      Board Member
Steve Haden      Board Member
Crystal Hart-Johnson, Sprint      Board Member
Brian Henry      Board Member
Neil Atha      Board Member
Brian Jackson      Board Member
Michael Mahoney      Board Member
Lara Moritz, KMBC TV-9      Board Member
Dennis Petree      Board Member
Scott Rowe, Arvest Bank      Board Member
Chief (Ret.) Myron Scafe, Overland Park, Kansas      Board Member
Edward Spalding, American Century Investments      Board Member
Steven St. John, Sports Radio 810 WHB      Board Member
Tom Wehrle      Board Member
Rodney Lewallen      Board Member
Steve Brown, Burns and McDonnell      Board Member
Vic Allred      Board Member
John Breckenridge, KCP&L      Board Member
Matthew Pomianek, Edward Jones      Board Member
James Eddy, Popeyes of Kansas City      Board Member
Boyd McGathey, Ferrellgas      Board Member
Sharon Cruz, KC Southern Railway      Board Member
James Graham      Lifetime Member
Margaret Jones, Fleshman Construction, Inc.      Lifetime Member
Ray Zakovich, Zakovich and Associates      Lifetime Member
Ralph Pusey      Honorary Board Member
Walter White      Honorary Board Member
Don Wilson      Ex-Officio
Richard Cook      Ex-Officio
Sgt. (Ret.) Bob Jones, KCPD      Ex-Officio
Fred McDaniel      Ex-Officio
Sgt. (Ret.) Craig Sarver, KCPD      Ex-Officio
Lt. Kelli Bailiff, Wyandotte County, KS Sheriff      Law Enforcement Member
Chief John Meier, Leawood, KS PD      Law Enforcement Member
Det. Kevin Boehm, KCPD      Law Enforcement Member
Chief Mike Hasty, Gladstone, MO PD      Law Enforcement Member
Chief (Ret.) Richard Easley, KCPD      Law Enforcement Member
Wayne Godsey      Law Enforcement Member

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