Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced today a new gun tip reward program called “Got Guns” that will help remove illegal guns from criminals within the city. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
Anonymous tipsters who call 888-919-CRIME (2746) about an illegal firearm, may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to the recovery of a firearm.
“For the past three years public safety has been a top priority for my Administration,” said Mayor Fenty. “Crime is down throughout the City because of the All Hands on Deck initiative and community policing strategies that Chief Lanier has implemented to encourage officers to better know the communities they serve and protect.”
“This program is the continuation of a steady and sustained attempt to reduce gun violence.” Chief Lanier said. “This is another resource for police to use in accomplishing that goal.”
The Got Guns program is a collaborative effort between the DC Office of Finance and Treasury, JP Morgan Financial Services and the DC Crimesolvers which provided MPD with a $20,000 grant to fund the program.
The announcement was made during the fourth All Hands on Deck (AHOD) for 2010, which began at 6 am Friday, August 13 and continues through 6 am on Sunday, August 15, 2010. Other law enforcement officials, including Metro Transit Police Deputy Chief David Webb, were on hand to kick off AHOD.
The initiative helps reduce crime. During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel are on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing and community outreach. This includes increasing the number of officers on foot beats, homicide detectives following up on cases and recruits passing out specific crime-related information.
MPD offers rewards of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any unsolved homicide committed in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>District of Columbia. Additionally, MPD offers rewards of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for any armed robbery or a robbery that results in serious bodily injury.
Anyone who has information about a crime may call police at (202) 727-9099 or (888)-919-CRIM[E] (888-919-2746).