Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rewards for crime tips is both a help and a complication

The Denver Post had an interesting piece that looked at Denver area police's use of a Crime Stoppers program that offers cash rewards for information that solves crime.
The announcement of reward money can capture headlines and draw out witnesses, as it did when Aurora police offered up to $20,000 last month in the chilling kidnapping of an 8-year-old girl, the highest reward in the department's history. 
But everything that follows can be complicated.
Via The Denver Post

We've been pretty successful with the Crime Stoppers program in the sleepy little burg where I work. I'm also always surprised how many people submit tips and refuse the rewards.

Does your agency use programs like Crime Stoppers to solicit tips about crime? Has the program been worthwhile?

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