I have become aware of the following e-mail, sent to NY law enforcement associations. The letter is from the New York Department of Criminal Justice Services:
At a time when all of us are finding ourselves doing more with less, a reminder about a resource available from New York State that can assist you in your efforts to solve cases, prevent crime and better serve and protect your communities.
The state has established a toll-free tip line â€“ 1-855-GUNSNYS (1-855- 486-7697) to encourage residents to report illegal firearm possession. The tip line also allows for information to be submitted via text â€“ individuals can text GUNTIP and their message to CRIMES (274637). While the state will provide the administrative support and fund the rewards, the investigation and validity of the tip will be up to each local department.
To spread the word about this free resource, New York State is planning a comprehensive campaign, including public service announcements that will air on television and radio stations across Upstate.
The tip line can provide your agencies with another avenue for receiving intelligence about crimes being committed in your jurisdictions. This initiative is designed for communities where no tip lines are in place and is not meant to replace existing gun tip lines.
Hereâ€™s how the tip line operates:
The New York State Police staff the tip line 24 hours a day. Upon receiving a call, troopers will solicit as much information as possible regarding a firearm tip, while allowing the individual to remain anonymous. The caller will be informed that this program is not the traditional gun buyback program but rather is focused on identifying individuals who are carrying an illegal firearm.
The State Police will in turn contact the appropriate police agency with the lead to initiate an investigation. Staff from the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will follow up with that agency to determine the validity of the lead. Once the investigation is completed, the police agency would convey to DCJS the outcome of the investigation.
If the information leads to an arrest for the illegal possession of a firearm, the â€œtipsterâ€ will be awarded $500. DCJS staff will handle all of the financial transactions.
State Police staff will explain the program in its entirety upon notifying an agency that a lead has been generated for their jurisdiction. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact DCJS Deputy Commissioner Tony Perez in the Office of Public Safety at 518-485-7610.
Director of Public Information
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Turn in your neighbors, folks, and get Cuomo’s 30 pieces of silver. Does your neighbor put 10 rounds in a magazine? Does he have a semi-auto shotgun you know about? Call the cops, there could be 500 bucks in it for you if he’s actually breaking the law, which is now most gun owners in New York. Is there such a crime problem in upstate New York that it’s worth airing just in that market and not the downstate market? Or is just that upstate is where most of the previously law-abiding gun owners live?
This is happening in America folks, or at least, where America used to be. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that their goal is, quite honestly, to disarm and pacify, and for those who won’t go along with that, imprison, and for those who won’t go along with that, the morgue. I mean, sure, they aren’t going door-to-door, but this is getting about as close to that as you can get.
I think Cuomo and his pals heard “We will not comply!” loud and clear. This is the reaction.