The Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers , with its triangle of cooperation between the citizens, the media and law enforcement, is dedicated to putting criminals behind bars while building a foundation of trust and support. The goal of the Crime Stoppers Program is to make the streets safer for our families and neighborhoods.
It is a well-documented fact that criminals tend to keep committing crimes, thus the sum total of arrests from the Crime Stoppers Program has undoubtedly prevented thousands of other crimes from occurring.
A forty-member volunteer citizen board of directors oversees our Greater KC Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline Program. These people give of their time and resources because they believe in the Crime Stoppers mission and want to keep the entire metropolitan community a safer place.
Why Do We Need Crime Stoppers?
There is a saying in police work that “Somebody always knows.” Many of these people, however, are reluctant to talk to police for two main reasons…
· Fear of Reprisal
· Apathy – “Why should I get involved?”
The Crime Stoppers Program breaks through these barriers. The fear of reprisal is countered by allowing people to remain completely anonymous. They never have to speak directly to police or testify in court.
The offering of cash rewards crosses the barrier of apathy. Although many people do not claim their rewards, the availability of cash is an incentive to many tipsters who may not have otherwise given information, making the Crime Stoppers Program an invaluable asset to our community.