City of Mount Vernon, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Mount Vernon 10-12-1983, approved 10-13-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a board of interested citizens and to provide for them an opportunity to assist law enforcement efforts through citizen cooperation in a crimestopper program. The Board shall be empowered to create and administer a reward fund obtained through private sources and shall make payments to individuals who have supplied information to the Police Department which has aided in a criminal investigation. In order to ensure confidentiality, the Board shall be empowered to adopt procedures to guarantee anonymity of any person supplying information and to take such steps and undertake such programs as will enhance and foster the aforementioned programs.
The Mount Vernon Crimestoppers Board, hereinafter referred to as the "Board," is established for the City of Mount Vernon.
[Amended 10-26-1983, approved 10-27-1983]
The Board shall consist of seven members to be appointed by the Mayor. In addition, the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety shall be a member of the Board. Members shall be residents of the City for a period of not less than five years. No member may be an employee of the municipal government of the City of Mount Vernon.
A member's term shall commence upon appointment and shall continue at the pleasure of the Mayor.
Members of the Board shall serve without compensation.
A. 
The Board shall have three officers, a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and a Secretary.
B. 
The Chairperson presides at all meetings and shall execute all agreements or resolutions and perform all duties incident to this office.
C. 
The Vice Chairperson shall preside in the absence of the Chairperson.
D. 
The Secretary shall issue notices of all regular and special meetings and be responsible for the keeping of all minutes of meetings and records pertaining to the work of the Board.
The Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary shall be elected by a majority of the members present at the first meeting of the Board and annually thereafter.
The Board is authorized and empowered to do the following:
A. 
To be responsible for the creation and maintenance of a fund to be known as the "rewards for information fund," which shall be funded and replenished through contribution from the general public.
B. 
To make payment of rewards to the person or persons providing information leading to the apprehension and indictment or conviction of an individual for a felony or misdemeanor.
[Amended 4-8-1992, approved 4-9-1992]
C. 
To make determination as to the amount of the reward and the manner in which the information received contributed to the apprehension and indictment or conviction.
[Amended 4-8-1992, approved 4-9-1992]
D. 
To take such measures as may be necessary to ensure the confidentiality of the person or persons offering such information.
[Amended 4-8-1992, approved 4-9-1992]
A. 
A person shall be deemed to have provided information leading to the apprehension and indictment or conviction of an individual for any felony or misdemeanor when such person has provided the Department of Public Safety with information which the Board has determined to have materially contributed to such apprehension and indictment or conviction. The Board shall be authorized to conduct such investigation as deemed necessary prior to making such determination.
B. 
Upon making a determination that the information submitted did materially contribute to the apprehension and indictment or conviction of an individual for a felony or misdemeanor, the person shall be entitled to, and the Board shall pay from the reward fund, a reward not to exceed $5,000. Payments made to two or more persons shall be in proportionate shares and shall not exceed this limit.
[Amended 2-28-1996, approved 2-29-1996]
A. 
This Board shall meet in the Mayor's conference room at a time designated by the Chairperson. In the event of a holiday, the Chairperson shall schedule a meeting on the evening when a quorum of the Board can be gathered.
B. 
Board meetings, in addition to those regularly scheduled, may be called by the Chairperson or upon the request of the Mayor or any member of the Board.
C. 
The presence of the Chairperson and three members of the Board shall constitute a quorum necessary to transact the business of the Board.
D. 
Any Board members who fail to attend three consecutive meetings without good cause shall be removed from the Board.
The rules in Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern this Board in all cases to which they are applicable and which are not inconsistent with these bylaws.