CUYAHOGA CO., Ohio -- In light of recent gun violence in the area, Cuyahoga County officials have announced the expansion of Crime Stoppers with a new crime gun initiative.
A press conference was held to announce details of the program. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney and Crime Stoppers officials were there as the announcement was made.
The goal of the Crime Gun Initiative is to remove crime guns from communities, especially firearms that have been illegally possessed and used to commit a crime.
The details include:
- a dedicated Crime Stoppers hotline, 241-TIPS (8477), specifically for tips related to crime guns.
- Tips can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $250, for a tip that leads to an arrest or indictment.
- This is NOT a replacement for 9-1-1. This hotline should not be used to report crimes in progress or emergency situations
Officials stressed the importance of the public's help in this initiative and urged everyone to use Crime Stoppers tip lines and reminded them that if they see anything suspicious at any time, they should contact law enforcement.