Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The Gun Tip Line is targeted toward youths in the school system who have information in reference to other youths possessing illegal weapons. Any person giving information assisting in the retrieval of an illegal gun is presented with a cash reward up to five hundred dollars. All information is kept in strict confidence. The mission of the program is to reduce illegal guns on the streets and in the Akron schools. An arrest is not necessarily made.

2. When was the program created and why?

The program was created in Akron in 1997 due to the large number of weapons reported to be in the possession of juveniles. At this time the program has met with limited results. We believe the reason for the shortage of reports is due to a lack of information in the public schools. During the 1998-99 school year, city schools will see a new poster announcing rewards for information on people carrying illegal weapons. Also available will be in-service training for police officers explaining the program and its goals.

3. How is the program financed?

At this time, the program is financed through one local church, Trinity Lutheran Church at 50 N. Prospect. Reverend Byron Arledge is the spokesperson for the program and has been very active in the fund raising.

4. How is the community involved in the program, if at all. How has the community responded to the program?

Community involvement at this time is limited to the reporting of illegal weapons and rewarding those persons doing the reporting. The community response has also been limited because of lack of knowledge on their part.

5. Contact person:

The contact person for this program is Lt. Alexander, Akron Police Department Crime Prevention Unit Commander, 330/375-2390.

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