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    Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers
    Sep 21, 2012

    From the time the first anonymous call was taken in 1982, the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS (known metro wide as the “TIPS Hotline”) has proven to be a vital crime fighting instrument in our neighborhoods. It has become one of the most recognized phone numbers in the eight county metropolitan areas.

    TIPS can also be submitted via the web at www.kccrimestoppers.com under the "Give A Tip" tab to the left of the page or via text*.  Simply text "TIP452" an your information to 274637 (CRIMES).  All submissions are anonymous and could be eligible for up to $2,000.00 cash reward.

    The TIPS Hotline is a member program of Crime Stoppers USA, and as such, conducts itself under its policies and guidelines. There are over 1,000 Crime Stoppers programs in about 20 nations around the globe. However these local programs receive no funding from Crime Stoppers USA. The Kansas City program is consistently ranked near the top three worldwide for its productivity and effectiveness. Its record of success grows each year.

    More than 135,600 tips from citizens with information on felony crimes in the metropolitan area have been taken by the call-takers that man the hotline. These tips have led to over 10,750 arrests and the clearance of over 24,000 crimes or warrants. These numbers include more than 610 arrests for murder and nearly 1,600-armed robberies solved. More than 3,000 fugitives have been caught thanks to these tips.  Over 455 of these fugitives have come from being featured in the Kansas City's Most Wanted Newspaper.

    The TIPS Hotline is funded by the generosity of our local business community and working contracts with over 30 local law enforcement agencies. The annual Crime Stoppers Golf Classic and Party at Arrowhead are the two primary fund raising events organized by the program to raise money to pay rewards.

    *Text and Data charges may apply

    Metropolitan Community Service Program
    Sep 21, 2012

    In 1994, in response to a federal mandate to reduce overcrowding in the Jackson County Jail, once again the Crime Commission stepped up to the plate by taking on sponsorship of the Metropolitan Community Service Program, known in the community as MCSP.  MCSP is a non-profit organization funded through fees paid by the offenders ordered to do community service, by donations from private citizens and program contracts.

    MCSP operates in conjunction with and under the guidance of a volunteer advisory board that collectively supports the position that the community could best be served by providing a non-profit self-supporting sanction to the criminal justice system. It serves as a tool for providing MCSP clients a positive, pro-social work experience while at the same time providing resources to the community.

    Ordered by the courts to complete community service in lieu of jail, clients are assigned to assist community policing programs that support neighborhood clean-up activities, select city service departments and non-profit organizations. instead of sitting in jail at taxpayer expense. Millions of dollars of cost free labor have been provided through MCSP to the community.

    Surviving Spouse And Family Endowment Fund (S.A.F.E)
    Sep 21, 2012

    In 2003 Rick Easley, then Chief, Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and Karl Zobrist, President, Board of Commissioners, Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, contacted the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission and asked them to study the possibility of forming a 100 Club in the Kansas City area. A review of web sites for 100 Clubs indicated that a club had existed in Kansas City many years ago, but the Commission was unable to locate anyone familiar with that club and it was listed as “Unable to locate or no longer in operation” in the directory of 100 Clubs.

    Rick Cook, then President of the Crime Commission, discussed the idea with the Crime Commission Board over the next year. Meanwhile, Rick Easley directed one of his Commanders to contact the club in St. Louis and obtain information regarding the ins and outs of starting a club. In late September 2003, Rick Cook contacted retired ATF ASAC Sonny Wilson and persuaded him to take on the project full time.

    On October 30, 2003, the Crime Commission formally announced the creation of the Kansas City 100 Club known as SAFE, the Surviving Spouse And Family Endowment Fund. It operates under the umbrella of the Crime Commission’s 501 © 3 status and makes all donations/contributions fully tax deductible. The program covers local police officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel in the Missouri counties of Clay, Cass, Jackson and Platte and the Kansas counties of Douglas, Johnson, Miami, Shawnee and Wyandotte and other jurisdictions as may be determined by its Board of Directors. It does not cover State or Federal personnel.

    SAFE provides immediate and possibly long term financial support to the spouses, children and/or dependent parents of those covered persons who are killed in the line of duty. Upon the death, in the line of duty of a covered individual, representatives of the Board will visit the family within 24 hours and present them with a check for $25,000 (Updated 3-17-16). There is no application to fill out and no strings attached. Sometime later (this will occur after our fund is fully endowed) the Board will again visit the family and possibly assist with financial matters on a long-term basis depending on the individual family needs. Each situation will be different and therefore long term help may or may not occur.

    SAFE is funded through fully tax-deductible donations/contributions and has four classes of memberships including Individual-$120/year; Family-$150/year; Corporate-$500/year; and Lifetime-$5,000 (one time payment). All members receive 2 window decals and lifetime members receive a commemorative shadow box with the SAFE shield appropriately displayed. 

    Second Chance Program
    Sep 21, 2012

    In 2008 William H. Dunn, Sr., Chairman Emeritus of JE Dunn Construction, contacted the Crime Commission regarding the idea of an offender re-entry program. Studies show approximately 50% of released offenders return to prison within three years of release.

    The Second Chance Program is a coordinating force to advocate for effective prisoner re-entry, providing fundraising for local programs, conducting research, task forces and focus groups, and performing special projects. The Second Chance Board of Directors consists of individuals dedicated to the vision of released offenders making a seamless transition back into the community and receiving the second chance they so desire.

    With the success of the Second Chance Program citizens can look forward to a reduction in crime as offenders who take advantage of the increased opportunities presented after their release will not be the ones contributing to our crime rates.

    The scope of the Crime Commission has broadened over the years, becoming involved with justice and law enforcement issues and neighborhood initiatives on both sides of the state line. In 1997 the organization officially changed its name to the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission to more accurately reflect its area-wide mission. 

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