Wins For Kansas: Crime Stoppers

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Crime Stoppers has been appearing on KAKE News for many years, but did you know it's a nonprofit group? It started in 1976 at KOAT TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

It wouldn't take very long for the program to spread to other television stations across the U.S., including Wichita. "In 1980, someone from KAKE News suggested to the police department that we also bring Crime Stoppers to our community, and that's how it started and its been around ever since," said Wichita Police Detective, and Crime Stoppers program coordinator Wendy Hummell. 

Early on the Crime Stopper reenactments proved to help police in solving crimes and catching suspects. Over the years, it has paid close to 285 thousand dollars in rewards and made 2,657 arrests. Hummell, says, "It's truly a partnership between the community law enforcement and the media. Without one of those elements, we wouldn't be a success."

Crime Stoppers was honored by DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers with a $500 Wins for Kansas grant. Crime Stoppers airs each Thursday night on KAKE news at ten.