GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It's been ten months and police say there have been dozens of weapons and other illegal items retrieved through the Gun Stoppers Program.
The program launched as a partnership between the Greensboro Police Department and the Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers program in February 2017.
Gun Stoppers by the numbers. @GSO_Police Chief Wayne Scott says the best impact is immeasurable - how many crimes were prevented because these guns are off the streets @WFMY pic.twitter.com/scwL9gYsiN— Erica Stapleton (@EricaReportsAll) November 28, 2017
It's modeled after the Crime Stoppers Program where people can submit anonymous tips about crimes. For Gun Stoppers, people anonymously can call, text or email tips about firearms possessed by felons, stolen guns, firearms used in crimes and other illegal guns.
If a tip leads to an arrest or confiscation of an illegal weapon, the person who reported the tip could earn a cash reward. The minimum pay out is $250.
At about the 10-month mark, Police Chief Wayne Scott says the program has been successful. So far, there have been 61 tips leading to 18 arrests and 33 recovered firearms. Police have also been able to bring more than 100 felony charges and have seized $187,068 worth of illegal drugs.
"What I'm really excited about is the level of success you can't put a number on," explains Chief Scott. "The amount of people, the amount of lives that have been affected because these illegal guns are no longer on the street."
He says the Gun Stoppers program will continue into next year with additional funding. If you want to report an illegal gun, you can call Gun Stoppers at 336-373-1000; you can text BADBOYZ to 274637 with your tip; or you can email in at www.ggcrimestop.org. Remember, all tips are anonymous.