Crime Stoppers: The process and the payout

Crime Stoppers

This past December, FOX 56 partnered with Bluegrass Crime Stoppers. You’ve likely seen Kristen Pflum’s reports Tuesday’s at 10:00 and the Wanted Person of the Week on Thursday nights. We know you also have questions about how the program works.

In the first 10 weeks of our partnership, Lexington Police have made 10 arrests. People police say are responsible for 33 felony offenses and 22 misdemeanors.

“If you’ve been a victim of a crime, you know how that feels,” says Bluegrass Crime Stoppers board president David Ashford. “It feels like you lost something, something is missing.”

Ashford, as a retired member of law enforcement has felt the pressure to bring closure to a case. Sometimes all the tricks of the detective trade still don’t end in an arrest. And that’s where the tip line comes in. A completely anonymous way to get information into the hands of those who can do something with it.

“Bluegrass Crime Stoppers provides that wonderful conduit between the community and the police department because a lot of people are reluctant to come forward with information. They don’t want to get involved and we recognize that, but sometimes that information is so valuable to a case,” Ashford says.

So how exactly is your identity kept anonymous? It’s simple, really. First, call the automated tip line at 859-253-2020 or submit your tip through

“You’re automatically assigned a tip number. A seven digit number you’re assigned. You keep it to yourself,” says Lexington Police Detective Anthony Delimpo. “When I go through and read the tips, I have a way to dialogue back through that number. I don’t know who they are. I’m not able to access the IP address or anything.”

After your information is verified and deemed credible, you’ll get correspondence back from the detective and you’re assigned a code word. “It’s the word of the month. I give them a password and they take that password, and a unique number and that person or someone else can go through the drive through of a local bank here in Lexington and pick up their money,” said Delimpo.

That’s it. Never, ever is your information traced. And the rewards are sizable, up to $1,000 each case.

Which leads us to another commonly asked question, where does the reward money come from?

“We are a 401-C3 so we do not generate any money other than events that we have. A golf scramble, a shootout every year and donations from businesses in the community we’re a part of,” Ashford says.

You, our generous donors and a 30-person board make the program possible. A group of individuals from diverse backgrounds and professional experiences working toward a common goal of cleaning up the Commonwealth.

You can find unsolved cases on the Bluegrass Crime Stoppers website.

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