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Few rewards paid out in crime cases

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We would never characterize it as a waste of time,” said Capt. Kyle Jackson, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division. In Los Angeles, city and county lawmakers enjoy broad latitude when selecting which crime investigations merit cash incentives for tipsters. “The larger the amount of money they put up, the more impressive it’s going to be to the public at large — or put more simply, to the voters,” said Gilbert Geis, professor emeritus of criminology, law and society at UC Irvine. The crimes chosen for rewards tend to be high-profile killings that involve very young or very old victims, often of gang violence; slayings of police officers or sheriff’s deputies; or hate crimes. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. Fewer than 10 percent of the rewards offered by Los Angeles City and County officials to help solve crimes end up being paid out. Offering rewards is older than Wild West “Wanted” posters. Despite the widespread publicity and heartfelt pleas from grieving relatives such offerings typically garner, records show that a monetary reward has less than a 1 in 10 chance of being given out in Los Angeles and L.A. County. Since 1985, the Board of Supervisors has advertised more than 275 rewards worth nearly $3 million combined. Tips from the public have helped lead to convictions in 27 cases, resulting in about $317,000 in payouts. The city’s reward offers have steadily grown to roughly 100 rewards a year at a maximum of $75,000 each; about three are collected annually, city officials said. The newspaper also found that other Southland jurisdictions are reluctant to use public funds for crime information, saying they can’t afford it. But authorities in Los Angeles and L.A. County remain convinced the effort is worthwhile if it helps convict even a few criminals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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