The Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers 816-474-TIPS Hotline does not record calls nor does it have caller I.D. When someone phones in with information about a crime or wanted person they can be completely confident that they will not be identified.
Each caller is given a code number after they have given their TIP. It is up to them to stay in touch with Crime Stoppers to monitor any results of their information. Should their TIP result in a felony arrest, they will be told on their next contact to call back on the day following the next Crime Stoppers board meeting.
At the monthly meetings, the board reviews all TIPS that have resulted in arrests and approve, raise, or lower reward recommendations given by the program’s coordinator. All reward funds are derived from fundraising events or donations.
When the caller phones back he or she is told to be at a certain drive-thru bank at a specific time on the next day where they must send in to tellers coded information given to them by the coordinator. As long as the information is correct, the cash reward is sent out to the caller and they simply drive away, their identity still unknown to Crime Stoppers.
In 1986 the I.R.S. made a ruling exempting Crime Stoppers programs from having to collect personal information on callers in order to collect their rewards. Since 1982, our program has handed out over $1,249,680 in rewards.
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