Reward Guidelines

1) The tip must come through the Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers program by phone, Webtip submission, or P3 phone app and must lead to the arrest and/or filing of charges in a felony crime or to the arrest of a fugitive wanted on a felony warrant.
             1.a.) A narcotics tip where a felony amount of narcotics is seized during the investigation, but no arrest is made, will also be                                 eligible for a reward.

2) The determination regarding the classification of misdemeanor or felony crimes will be based on the actual charge filed against the individual(s) based on the jurisdiction in which the charges are filed. Classification of misdemeanor or felony warrants is based on the actual warrant for arrest issued by the originating agency.

3) The Board may determine to pay a reward on specific misdemeanor crimes under unique circumstances and where the best interest of Crime Stoppers may be served.

4) Rewards of up to $1000 are paid for information leading to the arrest and filing of charges in felony crimes. The Board of Directors of the Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers determines the actual amount of the reward for each incident.

5) All decisions of the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors are final.

6) The Board may authorize a set amount to be advertised as the reward in a specific incident. For example, a reward of $1000 may be advertised for information leading to the arrest and filing of charges for a specific homicide or other significant community event.

7) Crimes committed by juveniles are handled on a case-by-case basis.

8) A limit of one reward will be paid per incident, regardless of the number of suspects identified or informants who provide the information.

9) In the event more than one person provides information on the same crime, incident, or fugitive, the Crime Stoppers Coordinator and the Board of Directors will make the determination as to which individual is entitled to the Crime Stopper reward, based on who provided the information first and/or based on the relative importance of the informants’ information

10) The reward may be divided among two or more callers at the discretion of the Board.

11) Crime Stoppers will be under no obligation to pay any reward if it is shown that the identity and/or location of the suspect(s) was known to the public, the news media or law enforcement prior to the receipt of the information to Crime Stoppers.

12) Monies awarded by the Board and not called for or collected by the caller within 90 days will be placed back in the general fund and used for future rewards.


*Commissioned law enforcement officers, correctional officers, employees of law enforcement agencies, and their immediate families are ineligible to receive a Crime Stoppers reward

*Bail bond company employees, bounty hunters, and their associates are not eligible for rewards

*Victims of crimes are not eligible for rewards for information on suspects in the crime committed against them

*Perpetrators or co-perpetrators of the crime, or fugitives are not eligible for rewards

*Persons working as Confidential Informants for law enforcement are not eligible for rewards

*Persons employed by news-media partners of Crime Stoppers are not eligible for rewards