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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/28/2010 

 PCSO and Heartland Crime Stoppers Partner to Fund "Gun Crimes Bounty Program" Firearm + Felon = $500 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Heartland Crime Stoppers, Inc., announce a new program that rewards anonymous callers for alerting law enforcement to the presence of illegally possessed firearms. 

Through this program, citizens are encouraged to turn in felons with guns and report anyone who has a stolen gun, is illegally in possession of a gun, or provide the location of a gun that has been used in a crime.  

It is illegal for a convicted felon to possess a firearm. And it is illegal to possess a stolen gun, an illegally altered gun, or a gun that has had its serial numbers removed. 

Anyone who has information can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 800-226-TIPS (8477) and report a person illegally possessing a gun.  If an arrest is made and a gun is recovered from the information received, the tipster will be eligible for a $500 reward.  All calls will remain confidential and no one will ever ask any caller for their name or phone number.  Callers will not be required to testify in court on related cases. 

“We know that guns don’t commit violent crimes, people commit violent crimes.  And we know that there are plenty of folks out there who know who the bad guys are in their area—they know if they have guns or not.  Give us an anonymous call, tell us who and where they are—give us as much information as you can—and we will investigate.  If we find someone illegally possessing a gun, we will arrest them and give the person who gave us the information $500 cash.  It’s that simple.  We want convicted felons who illegally possess guns off the streets.”  —Sheriff Grady Judd 

The Gun Crimes Bounty Program is simple: 

  • Call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.8477 (TIPS).
  • Anonymously provide information about a person who is illegally in possession of a gun, or give us the location of a stolen or illegally altered gun, or tell us who has an illegal or stolen gun.
  • If your information leads to an arrest and the recovery of an illegal firearm you will receive a cash reward of $500. No questions asked. 

This program is jointly funded by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Heartland Crime Stoppers, Inc.