Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers, Inc. (Crime Stoppers) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) public service organization that assists all law enforcement agencies throughout the nine Western New York counties and Ontario, Canada. Crime Stoppers was created in the Buffalo area in 1989 and went public in 1990. The organization assists law enforcement agencies through television re-enactments of unsolved felony crimes. Then encourages citizens to come forward anonymously with information regarding the wanted persons.
Crime Stoppers is run by a Board of Directors who all donate their time. The board controls the activities of the organization. The television re-enactments are donated to Crime Stoppers by WKBW-TV/Channel 7. The primary function of the Board of Directors is to raise funds to pay the anonymous informants. The Board raises those funds with an annual golf outing and an annual awards dinner. Each anonymous caller to Crime Stoppers is issued an identification number. If the informant's information leads to the arrest of a suspect, the informant is paid a reward of up to one thousand dollars ($1000).
All information received by Crime Stoppers is forwarded to the respective law enforcement agency who conducts the follow-up investigation, makes the arrests and recovers stolen property, narcotics and illegal firearms.
Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers has been an extremely valuable program to law enforcement agencies, and the community at large, by helping remove violent criminals from our streets.
Crime Stoppers has a few openings on its Board of Directors. Anyone who may be interested can send a resume to PO Box 454, Buffalo, NY 14224-0454 or call 716-777-4901 for more information.