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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 31



Meeting Date: June 26, 2007

Subject/Title: Reward Programs

Prepared by: James Martinez, Police Lieutenant

Submitted by: Mark Evenson, Chief of Police


RECOMMENDATION
That the City Council receive and file this informational report.

BACKGROUND
Staff at the Police Department was asked to conduct a law enforcement inquiry to determine whether or not any local jurisdictions currently have a “Reward Program”. This request was made following the Brentwood City Council meeting on June 12, 2007, after the family of Louis Straiten addressed the City Council during public comments in regards to reward funding. Louis Straiten was a victim of homicide in the City of Antioch.

An inquiry into which cities/law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa County currently have a Reward Program was made. The surveyed jurisdictions are listed along with their responses.

Antioch Police Department
Through City Council Resolution, the City of Antioch created a “Matching Funds” Reward Program. This specific reward was prompted by, and created after family members of Louis Straiten (a recent homicide victim in Antioch) attended an Antioch City Council meeting and requested a reward fund be established. As a result, the City of Antioch agreed to match reward funds generated by outside sources. This program has a cap of $10,000.00 per fiscal year. Lastly, this fund is only used for crimes committed in the City of Antioch. According to the Antioch Police Department, this Reward Fund has yet to generate any new information related to their homicide.

Clayton Police Department
No Reward Program in place.

Concord Police Department
The City of Concord does have an established Reward Program. The City of Concord’s Municipal Code (Article IV) section 54-91 describes why a reward program is necessary in the City of Concord, and section 54.92 explains how a specific reward is authorized (Ord. No. 1122). Recently, the City of Concord created a reward that was approved by Concord’s City Council, Resolution 07-46. This reward was approved following the attempted murder of a Concord Police Officer. This reward fund has a cap of $10,000.00, and is payable to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the attempted murder of the Concord Police Officer. Documents attached.



Contra Costa County Sheriff
No Reward Program is in place. In the past, the Sheriff’s Department has requested reward funding through the Governor’s office for homicides that have occurred in their jurisdictions.

Danville Police Department
No Reward Program in place.

El Cerrito Police Department
No Rewards Program in place. In the past, the City of El Cerrito has established reward funds for criminal cases that have occurred in their jurisdiction. All funds have been obtained through private donations and not matched by the City.

Hercules Police Department
No Reward Program in place. In the past, the City of Hercules has established rewards for crimes that have occurred in their jurisdiction by using funds provided by “Crime Stoppers”.

Lafayette Police Department
No Reward Program in place.

Martinez Police Department
No Reward Program in place. In the past, the City of Martinez has accepted private donations for rewards related to crimes that have occurred in their jurisdiction.

Moraga Police Department
No Reward Program in place.

Oakley Police Department
No Reward Program in place.

Orinda Police Department
No Reward Program in place.

Pinole Police Department
The City of Pinole has an established Reward Program which is referenced in Pinole’s Municipal Code in Chapter 9.32. In substance 9.32.010 specifically references rewards for crimes that are committed in the City of Pinole. The supporting documents are attached are very similar to the City of Concord’s Municipal Code.

Pittsburg Police Department
The City of Pittsburg does not have a formal Reward Program; however, in the past, on serious crimes such as homicide, they have contacted the Governor’s office for reward funds. The Governor’s office on a case by case basis can elect to provide reward funds. The City of Pittsburg will only request reward funds for crimes that occur in the City of Pittsburg.

Pleasant Hill Police Department
No Reward Program in place.

Richmond Police Department
We did not receive any response to our inquiry from the Richmond Police Department.


San Pablo Police Department
No Reward Program in place. In the past, the City of San Pablo has established rewards for crimes that have occurred in their jurisdiction by using funds provided by “Crime Stoppers”.

San Ramon Police Department
No Reward Program in place.

Walnut Creek Police Department
No Reward Program in place.

In substance, the common theme was that rewards can generate leads; however, no significant case closures have occurred as a result of a reward being offered. For the most part, rewards are generally used only in significant criminal cases such as homicide, and the funding sources are the Governor’s office, Crime Stoppers, and private parties.

The two cities in Contra Costa County (Concord and Pinole) have established reward programs that are uniquely similar. Both jurisdictions’ Municipal Codes share a similar reward/reward approval process. It appears one Municipal Code was modeled after the other. This being the case, both jurisdictions only offer rewards for crimes that occur in their jurisdictions and that are authorized by their City Council.

In all the jurisdictions surveyed, no one used a reward program with any kind of regularity; therefore no one could offer any significant reward program success in criminal case closures. For the most part, all reward offers are considered on a case-by-case basis by the investigating law enforcement agency and their city.

As for the Brentwood Police Department, it is currently seeking reward funds from the Governor’s office for an open homicide that is now considered a “cold case”. Historically, staff at the Brentwood Police Department has never offered a reward for any type of criminal offence, nor has it accepted reward funds from outside sources.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact. This is an informational staff report only.

 

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