Effect Of Cash Rewards For Crime Tips Called “Incredible”


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.”

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