YONKERS, N.Y. - Police in Yonkers are attempting to make city streets safer, offering up to $500 for residents that turn in illegal handguns through the department’s gun tips hotline.
In an effort to take as many illegal handguns off the street as possible, Yonkers police officials have announced the hotline program, which Sgt. Dean Politopoulos specified is “not a gun buy-back program,” and no arrest or conviction is required to participate in the program.
Politopoulos stressed that the program is completely anonymous and no questions will be asked of any participants. Individuals with information about the whereabouts of illegal weapons can contact the tip line at (914) 377-GUNS, and they will be given further instructions from there to collect their reward.
Since the Gun Tips Hotline was created, more than 100 illegal guns have been removed from Yonkers streets.
“The purpose of "Gun Tips Hotline" program is to take illegal handguns off of the streets of Yonkers. Individuals with information on the location of illegal handguns can call the anonymous tip line at 914-377-GUNS and the caller will receive a confidential identification number. The caller will be instructed to call back at a later time and if a gun was recovered, the caller will be given a second identification number and advised to respond to a specific bank to collect the reward money of $500.00.”