The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Central Alabama Crime Stoppers have joined forces to help make Alabama schools a little more safe.
According to the Alabama News Network, the ATF will now offer a $500 reward through Crime Stoppers for any tip that leads to the confiscation of a gun on school grounds, including after-school sanctioned events. Previously students were offered $50 gift cards.
The reward increase comes in the wake of the program’s proven track record of success. During the 2015-16 school year, Central Alabama Crime Stoppers paid out a total of $900 to tipsters for school-related crimes throughout the River Region. The Scholastic Tip Line resulted in 22 criminal arrests and the clearance of 29 criminal cases on school grounds.
Students from every school in Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike and Tallapoosa counties are eligible for the increased reward.
Designed to help law enforcement fight crime by gathering information from the public, Crime Stoppers encourages the public to help them fight crime by offering tipsters anonymity, even accepting tips through their Facebook page.
Anyone with information about guns being brought to school in the River Region is asked to call their local police or Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 215-STOP.