Gun Bounty Program
The Gun Bounty Program is quite different from a typical "gun buy-back program", which we view as largely ineffective in removing guns from the hands of criminals who use them to commit crimes.
The St. Petersburg Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc. have partnered together to implement the Gun Bounty Program, which provides a $1,500.00 reward for every confidential tip made to Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc. that leads to an arrest, a recovery of an assault weapon, and a weapon charge in the City of St. Petersburg.
The program will offer $1,000 for tips involving any other firearm.
Chief Harmon stressed the importance of the community's involvement in solving crimes, saying "our goal with this program is to focus on individuals who carry guns illegally or use them to commit crimes." Chief Harmon said the "confidential tips will not be traceable and all payments will be handled
discreetly" by Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc.
The Gun Bounty program began with the endorsement of former Mayor Rick Baker and continues to be supported by Mayor Bill Foster, St. Petersburg City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Partnership, Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Community Police Council, NAACP, and several other faith-based and community organizations.
The program is funded by the St. Petersburg Police Department's Forfeiture Fund and by private donations to Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc.
What You Must Do
- Must Call Crimestoppers At 1-800-873-Tips (8477)
- You Don’t Have To Give Your Name
- Must Give Information That:
1) Results In An Arrest
2) Recovers A Gun
3) Leads To A Weapons Charge