Operation Gun Stop has removed thousands of guns from the streets of New York and led to the arrest of thousands of criminals.
More than half of the homicides in New York City involved illegal handguns. The Police Foundation gives rewards of $1,000 for anonymous tips to 1-866-GUN-STOP or 311. The Gun Stop Program has led to nearly 5,685 arrests and the removal of 3,350 illegal weapons since the program’s inception in 2001. Over $2.1 million in rewards have been approved to date.
The Police Foundation administers the program, distributes rewards and coordinates media campaigns to encourage public awareness. To ensure the anonymity of callers and maintain rewards, Gun Stop cannot be funded through traditional police resources. The Police Foundation must therefore rely on donations to support the program’s rewards and public education efforts.