Rewards - Put the cuffs on crime in your community!

4.50.010 Reward for information leading to the apprehension and/or conviction of persons guilty of criminal acts.

4.50.020 Amount of reward.

4.50.030 Publication.

4.50.040 Period to provide information.

4.50.050 Period to submit claim.

4.50.060 Claim information.

4.50.070 Claim review.


4.50.010 Reward for information leading to the apprehension and/or conviction of persons guilty of criminal acts.

A. A reward may be offered by the board of supervisors for information leading to the apprehension and/or conviction of any person or persons whose wilful misconduct results in injury or death to any person, or whose wilful misconduct results in damage or destruction of property. The reward offer shall specify the person injured or killed or the property damaged or destroyed, the date (if available) the misconduct occurred, and the amount of the reward.

B. Conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime shall be required for payment of a reward unless the board of supervisors makes a finding of impossibility of conviction due to the death or incapacity of such person or persons. (Ord. 94-0078 § 1, 1994: Ord. 93-0011 § 1 (part), 1993.)

4.50.020 Amount of reward.

A reward may be offered up to a maximum of $5,000.00 payable in equal shares from the discretionary funds of each member of the board of supervisors. In particularly heinous crimes or where it appears the community is at great risk, the board of supervisors may increase the reward offer. Private donations may be added to county funds to increase the size of the reward offer. (Ord. 93-0011 § 1 (part), 1993.)

4.50.030 Publication.

Reward offers and notices of the claim period shall be published by the executive officer of the board of supervisors, in accordance with the provisions of Section 6062 of the Government Code. (Ord. 93-0011 § 1 (part), 1993.)

4.50.040 Period to provide information.

For a reward to be considered, the information must be received by the appropriate police agency or county department within 90 days of the reward offer, unless otherwise extended by the board of supervisors. (Ord. 94-0078 § 2, 1994: Ord. 93-0011 § 1 (part), 1993.)

4.50.050 Period to submit claim.

Claims for reward offers must be submitted in writing to the executive officer of the board of supervisors within 60 days after the expiration of the period to provide information. The board of supervisors may extend the information or claim period by motion. (Ord. 94-0078 § 3, 1994: Ord. 93-0011 § 1 (part), 1993.)

4.50.060 Claim information.

All claims shall be in writing and provide the name, address and telephone number of the claimant and the involved police agency. (Ord. 93-0011 § 1 (part), 1993.)

4.50.070 Claim review.

Claims are to be reviewed by a representative from each of the following county departments: chief administrative office, county counsel, sheriff, district attorney, executive office of the board of supervisors, and when appropriate the fire department. The representatives shall make recommendations to the board of supervisors with regard to amounts and distribution of the reward. If necessary, other affected outside agencies will be consulted to determine the merit and validity of a claim. (Ord. 94-0078 § 4, 1994: Ord. 93-0011 § 1 (part), 1993.)


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