Facts about Spotlight on Crime
Spotlight on Crime Volunteer Advisory Committee
How it Works: Reward Criteria
The advisory board will use the following criteria to determine if a reward will be offered:
Only violent crimes against innocent victims, such as homicides or abductions, will be considered.
Rewards will only be offered when most accepted investigative efforts have been exhausted.
The law enforcement agency and the adjoining prosecuting authority (e.g., county attorney and the county sheriff/local police department within the county) concur that reward money has the likelihood of providing resolution to a particular unsolved case.
The law enforcement agency and the prosecuting authority must jointly request a reward and submit a case before the Spotlight on Crime advisory board for review.
The advisory board, by a majority vote, will determine the amount of the reward, the amount of time the agency could offer the reward and the manner and circumstances for which the reward could be utilized.
The advisory board would determine the criteria that would have to be met before payment is made.
Cases to Date
Since June 2001, Spotlight on Crime has offered more than $1.4 million in rewards for 25 cases.
The Spotlight on Crime Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and will be administered by the Minneapolis Foundation. Donations to the fund, which may come from any individual, corporation, foundation or other source, are tax deductible.
For More Information
For more information on Spotlight on Crime and how it works, contact the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at (651) 793-7000 or visit www.spotlightoncrime.org.
Donating to the Spotlight on Crime Fund
Donations to the Spotlight on Crime fund are welcome. To make a donation, contact the Minneapolis Foundation at (612) 672-3878.