With the economy faltering, police and the nonprofit Crime Solvers organization in Prince George’s County, Md., adjacent to Washington, D.C., are preparing to roll out a campaign to remind residents that although crime doesn’t pay, helping to solve crimes just might, reports the Washington Post. A $25,000 award was approved for information that helped police arrest a suspect in three murders.
Eric Griffin, chairman of Crime Solvers of Prince George’s, said that when a tipster calls to claim the money, it is delivered in cash, in a manila envelope, by board members who don’t even know the tipster’s name. “It’s quite a sight, hundred-dollar bills all stacked up,” Griffin said. “It’s for a good cause. The community likes this, the police department likes this. For the amount of time that a case-breaking tip can help save for detectives — 50, 100, 150 hours — the effect is incredible.”