For tips that bring results, programs in most places pay $50 to $1,000, with some jurisdictions giving bonuses for help solving the most serious crimes, or an extra “gun bounty” if a weapon is recovered...
“We have people out there that, realistically, this could be their job,” said Sgt. Zachary Self, who answers Crime Stoppers calls for the Macon Police Department.
Monday, 19 May 2008
Incentives matter: local bounties file
Over at Marginal Revolution Alex Tabarrok points out that one outcome of the economic downturn in the US is that the incentive to call the police with a tip has increased, especially in those regions which suffer a larger number of home foreclosures. He quotes an article in the New York Times