Monday, February 6, 2012

Need to Leave a Tip?

Since we started writing this blog back in June of 2010, we’ve often submitted posts asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects of various crimes. At the end of each blog, you'll usually see something similar to the following:

Anyone with information on these suspects or this crime is asked to call the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS or the Overland Park Police at 913-344-8750.

Since we obviously rely on the public for a lot of the TIPS we receive, we thought it was fitting to give you a little more detail about the TIPS HOTLINE and how it operates.

The TIPS HOTLINE is part of the Crime Stoppers network, and the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers 816-474-TIPS Hotline, was founded in 1982. Since its inception, the TIPS HOTLINE has, on average, solved four felony cases each and every day.

The TIPS HOTLINE is funded completely by private donations and fundraising events. It is run by a non-profit corporation and not the police department. A forty member volunteer board of directors oversees the program.

Callers to the TIPS HOTLINE remain completely anonymous. There is no caller ID, and they will never have to speak to police directly or testify in court. When someone calls in with a potential tip, they are given a code number which is specific to that case and phone call.

It is the responsibility of the caller to keep checking back on the status of their tip. Once a felony arrest is made in a case, the board will review and approve all reward money. The caller will be then directed to respond to a local bank where the money is sent out anonymously after supplying the right code.