Crimestoppers GNO Announces New #1Citizen Initiative
The organization highlights recent notable arrests and the ease of submitting an anonymous tip
NEW ORLEANS - With now more than 140 murders reported in New Orleans in 2022, Crimestoppers GNO is their increasing outreach and payouts to the community in an effort to decrease the current spike in violent crime. Through the new #1Citizen mixed media initiative, Crimestoppers GNO is encouraging citizens to take 1 minute to make an anonymous tip that could bring a violent offender to justice. It may also earn the tipster a substantial reward.
It takes 1 citizen 1 minute to make an anonymous tip and make 1 community safer. By downloading the Crimestoppers CSGNO “Say it Here” free smart phone app, or submitting online at www.crimestoppersgno.org/submit a tip and or calling 504.822.1111.
To date, Crimestoppers GNO has awarded over $2.6 million dollars to anonymous tipsters who have helped solve over 18,000 felony crimes locally. Through June of 2022, more than $35,700 was awarded to tipsters and 108 cases cleared in Greater New Orleans with an average payout of $905.00 for a tip leading to an arrest. In addition, $220,700 of property recovered, 12 guns, 4 vehicles and $99,971 in drugs seized. Concerned citizens provided information in highly publicized incidents such as the triple shooting at the Morris Jeff Community School graduation at Xavier University on May 31,2022 which led to multiple arrests. Felony incidents such as illegal stunt driving which blocked traffic (most recently June 5, 2022) were solved with the help of 12 tipsters who were each awarded $500 for their information.
Daily homicides, such as that of a double shooting in the 1900 block of Hendee Street which killed 1 teenager and injured another on June 8, 2022, receive tips that help law enforcement solve cases even when they are no longer trending topics. Fugitives, such as the 164 apprehended by the U.S. Marshal’s Operation North Star (June of 2022), are located frequently thanks to tips provided by those wishing to make their neighborhoods safer. The average reward payout in these cases are $1000.
“It only takes one person - 1 Citizen - to provide a tip that could bring a felon to justice,” said Darlene Cusanza, President and CEO of Crimestoppers GNO. “It takes less than a minute to submit a tip online or over the phone completely anonymously and it is usually sent to the appropriate law enforcement unit or detective within minutes to hours of its receipt. Cash Rewards to the tipsters usually occur within 3 weeks of an arrest. It really is that simple.”
Due to manpower shortages across law enforcement nationwide, it has never been more urgent for citizens and city leaders to join Crimestoppers GNO and back the blue in the fight to take an active role in making their community safer. The #1Citizen initiative enables participation with no barriers and is even making a point to focus on the different types of “nuisance” crimes like vehicle burglaries in neighborhoods and shootings along Interstate 10.
No tip is too small or irrelevant. Tips can be any kind of information related to an incident. The location of evidence, social media usernames, screen recordings, and perpetrator nicknames/clothing are all information that has been used recently in investigations.
Crimestoppers GNO is a nonprofit that provides an anonymous process by which criminal intelligence is gathered without ever putting the anonymous tipster at risk. Law enforcement relies on Crimestoppers GNO and it relies on community support and business financial sponsorship to do this vital work.
Let’s fight crime as 1.
President/CEO: Darlene Cusanza
Communications Director: Matthew Stone, APR
Office (Non-tipline) 504.837.8477
About Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans
Crimestoppers, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit serving a nine-parish region of Southeastern Louisiana representing approximately 1,300,000 citizens and the respective law enforcement agencies. To foster a safe community, our mission is to prevent and solve crime by providing educational crime prevention programs for youth and adults, and by assisting Law Enforcement Agencies, victims of crime and their families, in identifying and arresting criminal suspects through anonymous tips by citizens.
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