Tipsters who relay the right information to the TIPS Hotline soon will be eligible for twice as much cash.
Starting Saturday, the hotline will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest in a felony case. The current cap of $1,000 has been in place since the program’s inception in 1982.
Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers, which runs the hotline, announced the policy change Thursday at its annual appreciation breakfast. Detective Kevin Boehm, who coordinates the program, said he hopes the raise will motivate more people to come forward, generate more and higher-quality tips, and solve more cases through tips.
Most tips hotline programs across the country still pay $1,000, Boehm said, but some have boosted their rewards, including Topeka, which pays $2,000, and Wichita, which pays $2,500.
“Considering we are in our 32nd year of offering $1,000 cash rewards and similar-sized Crime Stoppers programs are paying higher rewards, we felt the time had come to increase our potential payouts,” he said in a news release.
The hotline assigns tipsters a secret code number when they first report a tip. To claim their reward, tipsters must keep and protect that code number. The program does not identify tipsters in any way other than the code number to protect their identity, Boehm said.
Anyone with information about an unsolved case should call the hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477) or text TIP452 and the information to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters also can submit information electronically atwww.kccrimestoppers.com
At the breakfast Thursday, Crime Stoppers honored about 40 law enforcement agencies, officers, detectives and media outlets with certificates of appreciation for helping the TIPS Hotline apprehend more than 10,485 felony offenders, clear more than 24,070 cases and pay out more than $1,273,000 in cash rewards since 1982, the organization announced.