Prince George’s County Crime Solvers (“Crime Solvers”) is a community based program that relies on anonymous tips to solve crimes and to locate fugitives from justice. Without anonymity of tipsters, the program cannot effectively function.
Crime Solvers accepts anonymous tips through a wide variety of methods, including but not limited to Telephone, WebTip, and Text Message. The terms “caller” and “tipster” refer to a person who uses any approved method to convey information to Crime Solvers.
Crime Solvers pays rewards only for anonymous tips. Tipsters who identify themselves are not eligible for payment.
Crime Solvers pays rewards only after a tipster has contacted the program a second time to determine whether a reward has been approved.
Crime Solvers will pay rewards only in cash and only to a tipster who is in possession of a valid anonymous tip number. Crime Solvers will determine an appropriate way to transfer the reward funds to protect the tipster’s identity.
Crime Solvers has sole discretion to decide the amount of reward paid for any particular tip, from zero to $2,500, but in no case will any reward exceed $2,500.
Crime Solvers will pay rewards only for information communicated directly to it. Information given to another source, for example given directly to law enforcement, will not be eligible for payment of a Crime Solvers reward.
Crime Solvers does not pay rewards to any person who has a legal duty to assist in the apprehension of fugitives or criminal suspects. This includes law enforcement, bonding companies, enforcement agents working for bonding companies, and the like.
Crime Solvers does not pay rewards to bounty hunters, persons who with or without legal authority seek to earn money by locating and/or apprehending fugitives.
Crime Solvers does not pay rewards to the person who committed the crime for which the reward is offered; to the victim of the crime for which the reward is offered; or to members or employees of the Crime Solvers board.
Crime Solvers does not pay rewards for information already in the possession of law enforcement, such as the existence of an arrest warrant.
Crime Solvers pays rewards only to the first tipster with correct information that leads to an arrest and indictment. In the event that two or more people contact Crime Solvers simultaneously, any reward offered will be divided equally among the tipsters, but in no case will the total reward money paid exceed $2,500.
Crime Solvers may not require any caller to identify him or herself; may not demand identification in order to provide tax documents; may not require a tipster to agree to testify in court; may not offer a larger reward for disclosure of identity or agreement to testify.
Crime Solvers may not accept or administer any reward funds raised by others that have conditions above and beyond any conditions imposed by Crime Solvers, such as payment for testimony or conviction.
Crime Solvers will not administer any reward fund which offers rewards above the established $2,500 cap.
Crime Solvers will not take calls or information for outside reward funds. Crime Solvers will endeavor to prevent any outside reward fund from publishing or using the Crime Solvers phone number to advertise their reward fund.