Arson Watch Reward Program


ARSON WATCH REWARD PROGRAM
Massachusetts Nomination Rules


To make a nomination, please mail completed application to: Ronald Meehan, Arson Watch Reward Program, c/o MPIUA, 2 Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108.

Individual Rewards

To recognize and provide monetary rewards to individuals, including groups of individuals consolidated as a neighborhood or community organization, who cooperate with and furnish to law enforcement, fire authorities or any other person, evidence which leads to the arrest or indictment of any person(s) who is responsible for an incendiary fire or who attempts or conspires to perpetrate the arson crime, or which results in the deterrence of the crime of arson, even where no arrest or indictment is secured.

Group Rewards

To recognize and present awards to any organization, including private corporations and associations, and community or neighborhood groups, or governmental departments or agencies, that makes an outstanding contribution to arson prevention and arson education.

A Reward Selection Committee composed of the Public Safety Commissioner, the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Insurance and two representatives of the property insurance industry will review all nominations and make the final decision in granting rewards.


RULES - INDIVIDUAL REWARDS

  1. All individual rewards during any given year will be made from a reward fund. The amount of all rewards will be determined by the Reward Selection Committee based upon the extent of assistance the information provides in solving an arson crime or bomb incident, with a maximum of $5,000.
  2. No reward application will be considered until after the conclusion of any criminal case arising from the arson fire. Where no criminal case is anticipated, a reward application will be considered when deemed appropriate by the Reward Selection Committee.
  3. Nominations for individual rewards may be made by a fire chief, police chief, State Fire Marshal, or any other person with the exception of prosecutors.
  4. Firefighters (both paid and non-paid) police, and other law enforcement officials, prosecutors, insurance company personnel or agents whose connections with the incident were within their normal course of employment or duties, private fire investigators, and members of their families, are not eligible for a reward.
  5. Only information on fires, explosions, or materials used in the preparation of an infernal machine and incidents that have occurred or are planned to occur in the state of Massachusetts will be considered as the basis for a reward.
  6. The identity of the nominee may be withheld by the nominator or by the Reward Selection Committee if any one (1) or more of the following is true:


    1. If the possibility exists that the nominee might suffer direct physical harm or suffer from acts of retribution by the release and public knowledge of the nominee’s identity.
    2. Or, if the release of the nominee’s identity might jeopardize a beneficial relationship between the nominee and fire service, law enforcement or criminal justice systems.
    3. Or, if the release of the nominee’s identity will tend to have a detrimental effect on the public or private investigation and prosecution of the individuals responsible for any crime involving arson or explosives.
    4. Or, if in the judgment of the nominator or the Reward Selection Committee, the release of the nominee’s identity is not necessary or advisable.

    If it is decided to maintain the anonymity of the nominee, the nominator shall arbitrarily select a seven (7) digit number and enter that number in the nominee portion of the reward application form for identification purposes.

  7. No promises to pay a nominee will be made and no agency or individual has the authority to promise a nominee he/she will be paid. The program is strictly voluntary and any person who feels a reward will hinder a case in any way can choose not to participate.
  8. The decision of the Reward Selection Committee will be binding in all matters relating to rewards. Rewards are not contingent on criminal convictions. The representative of the Attorney General’s office will recuse him/herself on cases which are prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office.

RULES - GROUP AWARDS

  1. Nominees may include, but need not be limited to, fire departments, police departments, educational institutions, insurance companies or any civic, community, or other organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to arson prevention and/or arson education.
  2. Nominations may be made by any duly elected official of any political sub-division of the state, state legislators, insurance industry representatives, and prosecutors.
  3. The decision of the Reward Selection Committee will be binding in all matters relating to this award.