Posted: 6/6/2008 2:37:27 PM EDT
This is the anonymous crime tip program that pays for info that leads to arrest of criminals. Now they'll pay $1000 for info that gets a gun used in a crime or for info on the location of a felon in possesion of a gun. Doesn't appear to be a "buy-back" program as the gun has to be proven to have come from a crime.
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|Crimestoppers offering extra rewards for gun tips|
by Michelle Hunter, The Times-Picayune Friday June 06, 2008, 3:19 PM
Crimestoppers Inc. tipsters now have a new way to make money and take guns off the streets.
Local law enforcement agencies have banded with Crimestoppers to offer an additional reward for information that leads to a firearm used in a crime.
Tipsters usually earn as much as $2,500 for information that results in the indictment of a suspect in a homicide or non-fatal shooting. Now they can pick up an additional $1,000 for the firearm, for a maximum total of $3,500, said Darlene Cusanza, executive director for the New Orleans area's Crimestoppers organization.
She launched the campaign this afternoon at a news conference with local law enforcement and government officials from the New Orleans area.
Cusanza said Crimestoppers also is offering individual $1,000 rewards for callers who provide the location of a convicted felon who has a gun. As per Crimestoppers guidelines, callers do not have to identify themselves by namne to receive a reward.
In addition to television commercials, billboards and posters, Crimestoppers is advertising the program on public buses in Jefferson and Orleans parishes.
Cusanza stressed that the program is not a gun buy-back initiative. Law enforcement must first connect the gun to the crime specified by the caller before a reward is issued, she said.
To report information on a criminal suspect or a firearm used in a crime, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or toll-free at (877) 903-7867.