Hit and Run Reward

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On September 27, 2013, Councilmember Joe Buscaino introduced a motion in City Council instructing the Los Angeles Police Department and the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Chief Legislative Analyst and the City Administrative Officer to report with recommendations to establish a standing reward offer for hit and run crimes that occur in the City of Los Angeles, including how the reward process would be administered and the potential fiscal impact.


A working group of city staff representatives from the LAPD, City Attorney and other offices met on several occasions to discuss the various issues associated with implementation of the reward program. The committee developed a preliminary proposal of a program that would offer standing rewards according to injury classification. 

Rewards would be given for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of hit and run offenders, including cases adjudicated by the Juvenile Court or settled as a civil compromise, upon recommendation from the Department and approval by the City Council. The committee recommends that the City offer standing rewards for the various types of hit and run crimes. When a hit and run crime involves an injury, the determination of the injury classification would be based on medical documentation.

The following list is the various hit and run crimes and the amounts that would be offered:
• $50,000 Fatal Injury
• $25,000 Permanent, Serious Injury as defined in 20001(d) of the Vehicle Code.
• $5,000 Injury Other than a "Permanent, Serious Injury."
• $1,000 No Injuries (Property Damage Only)

Community members who wish to provide crime information may contact the Department directly and will be forwarded to the concerned traffic division. Community members may also provide information through Los Angeles Crimestoppers via telephone, text or electronically. Los Angeles Crimestoppers is an independent, privately funded program
that offers a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of criminal offenders.