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Crimestoppers announces major changes in reward program

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Crimestoppers President and CEO Darlene Cusanza announced new initiatives are now in place as part of a plan to increase the number of anonymous tips.

According to Cusanza, Crimestoppers is moving from the historical practice of paying rewards on felony arrest and indictment to paying out on arrest only, other than on homicides.

Homicides will be paid half on arrest and half of the remaining reward on indictment.

A second new initiative to begin in April will be the placement of door hangers within a 1-mile radius around a homicide location after the first 48 hours have expired and no significant leads have been developed.

Last year, there were over 9,000 tips processed, and approximately 17,000 calls received, netting the arrest of 216 people with 466 cases closed and 485 charges filed.

Also in 2014, $70,300 in cash rewards were paid out to eligible tipsters.

Anyone can anonymously report a crime to Crimestoppers by calling (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-STOP.

Tips can also be emailed at www.crimestoppersgno.org, texted by dialing 274637 (CRIMES) and text TellCS then your crime information, or via the Crimestoppers Mobile App TipSubmit.

Crimestoppers pays a reward of up to $2,500 on all felony crimes committed in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Plaquemines and Washington Parishes.

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