The program provides monetary rewards to individuals who provide information to law enforcement resulting in the arrest and conviction of the responsible parties. Over the course of the Program, more than 200 communities have participated in the Arson Tip Award Program. In Massachusetts, a Reward Selection Committee, comprised of a representative from the Office of the Attorney General, Commissioner of Insurance, MA State Police and two representatives of the Property Insurance Industry, reviews all nominations and makes the final decision in granting rewards. In Rhode Island, this Committee is comprised of a representative from the Department of Public Safety-State Fire Marshal, Department of Business Regulation Insurance Division, Fire Chiefs Association and Police Chiefs Association. Any member may recuse him/herself for good reason. All individual rewards are granted based on the amount of information that is given and the extent of assistance the information provides in solving an arson crime, with a maximum of $5,000.  Forty-five percent of reward recipients agree to a public presentation with media coverage. * Nominations for rewards must be made on the Reward Application.  No Reward Application will be considered until after an indictment has been made.
* Public presentations are not mandatory. This decision is left up to the recipient.