Chapter 3 - ARSON STRIKE FORCE¶
§ 15-301 Declaration of policy. The council finds that within the past several years there have been increasing incidences of arson which have endangered life and property in some areas of the city; that deaths and serious injuries to many persons have resulted therefrom and much property has been destroyed; that extensive areas of burned-out buildings now blight parts of the city; that arson hastens the deterioration of communities; that residents are compelled to flee to other areas; that businesses and commercial enterprises are compelled to close, many never to open again; that fire insurance premiums increase; and that drastic steps are necessary to prevent the spread of this problem to other areas of the city. The council hereby declares that it is imperative that a permanent arson strike force be established that will foster greater cooperation between the various city agencies in the battle to control the arson problem that confronts the city.
§ 15-302 Composition. The mayor shall appoint an arson strike force which shall be chaired by a representative of the mayor's office and shall consist of representatives of the department, police department, department of human resources, department of housing preservation and development, department of finance and such supportive staff as is necessary.
§ 15-303 Reports. The strike force shall submit an annual report in September of each year to the mayor and the council. Such report shall include any findings and recommendations of the strike force.
§ 15-304 Reward for information leading to arson conviction: posting notices. a. The city hereby offers a reward of not more than one thousand dollars per conviction to any person or persons giving information leading to the detection, arrest and conviction of any person or persons guilty of arson, attempted arson or conspiracy to commit arson, or felony murder arising in connection with arson. b. The offer made herein subject to and limited by availability of funds appropriated therefore and shall be paid only if no other reward is paid by the city for information leading to detections, arrests and convictions arising from the same incident of arson, attempted arson, conspiracy to commit arson or felony murder arising from arson. c. The commissioner is authorized to publish the offer made by this section by means of posters or any other appropriate medium. Subject to the approval of the corporation counsel, the commissioner may determine the form in which the offer is to be published. d. The commissioner is authorized to place posters containing the offer made by this section on public property. e. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in subdivisions a and b of this section, the commissioner, in his or her discretion, shall determine the amount payable and certify to the comptroller the name of the person or persons to whom the reward shall be made payable and the amount to be paid. If a reward is to be made payable to more than one person for the same information, the certification may specify that payment is to be made jointly to the persons so named. f. The comptroller shall pay such reward as a claim against the city from the funds appropriated therefor by warrant to the person or persons named in such certification. g. The offer made by this section shall not be available: (1) to any person employed by or having auxiliary status or other membership in any police or fire department or other law enforcement agency in the state; or (2) to any person who has obtained the information directly or indirectly from a member of any police or fire department or other law enforcement agency in the state.