of Wichita/Sedgwick County
Reward Payment of Anonymous Tips
following shall be the policy of Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County, a
division of the Wichita Crime Commission, regarding the payment of rewards for
anonymous tips submitted. In order to be
eligible for a reward for a tip, tipsters must comply with the following
Tipsters must always remain anonymous. This is for the tipster’s safety. If tipsters have identified himself or
herself to any law enforcement officer or the public, either before or after
submitting their tip but before a reward payment can be made to the tipster, that
person will not be eligible for a reward from Crime Stopper of Wichita/Sedgwick
If the tipster is a victim of a crime, he or she is not eligible
to receive a reward for information about the crime.
If the tipster witnessed a crime and contact Crime Stoppers of
Wichita/Sedgwick County with information about the crime, it is possible that
person may or may not be eligible for a reward.
This is because Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County may not be
able to protect the tipster’s anonymity.
As a witness to a crime, if the tipster is identified by law enforcement
or the media as a Crime Stoppers tipster before a reward is paid to that
person, that person will not be eligible for a reward.
When a tipster submits a tip, that person will be given a Crime
Stoppers secret code number. This number
becomes that person’s identity with Crime Stoppers. In order to have two-way communication with
Crime Stoppers after submitting the tip, the tipster must identify himself or
herself with the secret number or Crime Stoppers will not talk with that person.
Tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County
in three ways that are all anonymous:
o By calling
316-267-2111. The operator the tipster
speaks with will assign the tipster a secret number.
o By texting
TIP217 to CRIMES (274637) followed by the tipster’s tip. The tipster will receive a text back with his
or her secret number.
o By going to www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com and
clicking on SUBMIT A TIP. After the
tipster has filled out the information form about the crime and submitted a tip,
that tip’s secret number will appear on the tipster’s computer screen.
If the tipster’s information results in an arrest, the tipster
will be eligible for a reward. The
tipster can only claim his or her reward if he or she can present the
secret number to the banking institution where the tipster is instructed to
claim his or her reward. The
tipster will be given a day, time and phone number by the Crime Stoppers
Coordinator to call to keep abreast of the status of his or her tip. That number should be written down and kept in
a safe place so that it is not lost. If
a tipster loses his or her secret number, he or she will not be given the
number a second time. The tipster must
check in with the Crime Stoppers Coordinator each week by phone to determine whether
a reward will be paid, and if so, the status of that reward.
The amount of the tipster’s reward will be determined by the Crime
Stoppers Advisory Committee and is based on criteria established by the
In order to collect a reward, the tipster must present himself or
herself and his or her secret number to the bank assigned to that person by the
Crime Stoppers Coordinator. Rewards will
only be paid in cash and on tips leading to felony arrests unless public safety
and the purpose of the Crime Stoppers program is best served.
If the tipster cannot produce his or her secret number, he or she
will not be eligible for a reward.
tipster must claim his or her reward within six (6) months of the date that he
or she was notified that the reward was ready to be claimed. Otherwise, the reward will be forfeited.
Crime Stoppers accepts tips and information about crimes in order to solve or prevent such crimes. Users who communicate their own criminal threats by making them through Crime Stoppers are not considered to be Crime Stoppers tipsters; are not eligible for rewards; are not immune from prosecution; and are excepted from the promise of anonymity. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County cannot be responsible for how our reward is stated by other parties such as newspapers and the electronic media.