Resolving Minnesota's Unsolved Tragedies; Minnesota Crime Fighters, Businesses Join to Help Solve Violent Crimes

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Himle Horner

    ST. PAUL, Minn., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Money talks, goes the old adage.
 Minnesota's crime fighters and business leaders believe that a new reward fund
 will speak volumes.
     The Minnesota Business Partnership, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 and other business and law enforcement leaders today introduced Spotlight on
 Crime, a fund that will provide cash rewards for information that helps solve
 violent crimes.
     Spotlight on Crime is a unique public-private partnership between
 Minnesota's law enforcement jurisdictions and the business community.  The
 Spotlight on Crime fund will be governed by a volunteer advisory committee
 that will determine when rewards will be offered and the amount of the reward.
     Spotlight on Crime differs from other reward programs on a number of key
 points.  The program will focus on crimes that remain unsolved after
 investigative efforts have been exhausted.
     "Spotlight on Crime will help law enforcement resolve some of the state's
 most heinous crimes that have remained unsolved for many years.  Offering
 substantial reward money greatly increases the chance that a witness of a
 violent crime will step forward and share important information," Department
 of Public Safety Commissioner Charlie Weaver said. "It also puts the
 perpetrators of these crimes on notice that law enforcement across this state
 are still looking for them."
     In addition, only violent crimes against innocent victims will be
 considered for rewards by Spotlight on Crime.  The program also will require
 that the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction and the prosecuting
 authority jointly request the reward.
     The Minnesota Business Partnership is leading the business community
 support for Spotlight on Crime.  The Partnership also has been a major
 supporter of CriMNet, an initiative to create a statewide information network
 for the criminal justice system.  "Projects like Spotlight on Crime and
 CriMNet will provide our criminal justice system with the tools they need to
 make Minnesota a safer place for all of us to live," said Duane Benson,
 executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership.
     "The Spotlight on Crime partnership is unique in the country," said Nate
 Garvis, vice president of government affairs for Target Corporation.
 "Spotlight on Crime gives the law enforcement community a permanent tool that
 can be used to reinvigorate an investigation that has grown cold."
     Serving on fund's board of advisors with Weaver, Benson and Garvis will be
 Superintendent Michael Campion of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Dennis
 Delmont of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Jim Trudeau of the
 Minnesota Sheriffs Association, Anoka County Attorney Robert Johnson
 (representing the Minnesota County Attorneys Association) and victim's rights
 advocate Connie Larson.
     The goal is to raise $500,000 in each of the next three years to create a
 $1.5 million base for Spotlight on Crime.  Target has committed $75,000 over
 the next three years to the project and other donors are being sought.
     The Spotlight on Crime Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and
 will be administered by the Minneapolis Foundation.  Donations to the fund,
 which may come from any individual, corporation, foundation or other source,
 are tax deductible.  For more information about the fund, or to make a
 donation, contact the Minnesota Business Partnership at 612-370-0840.
 
 

SOURCE Himle Horner
    ST. PAUL, Minn., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Money talks, goes the old adage.
 Minnesota's crime fighters and business leaders believe that a new reward fund
 will speak volumes.
     The Minnesota Business Partnership, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 and other business and law enforcement leaders today introduced Spotlight on
 Crime, a fund that will provide cash rewards for information that helps solve
 violent crimes.
     Spotlight on Crime is a unique public-private partnership between
 Minnesota's law enforcement jurisdictions and the business community.  The
 Spotlight on Crime fund will be governed by a volunteer advisory committee
 that will determine when rewards will be offered and the amount of the reward.
     Spotlight on Crime differs from other reward programs on a number of key
 points.  The program will focus on crimes that remain unsolved after
 investigative efforts have been exhausted.
     "Spotlight on Crime will help law enforcement resolve some of the state's
 most heinous crimes that have remained unsolved for many years.  Offering
 substantial reward money greatly increases the chance that a witness of a
 violent crime will step forward and share important information," Department
 of Public Safety Commissioner Charlie Weaver said. "It also puts the
 perpetrators of these crimes on notice that law enforcement across this state
 are still looking for them."
     In addition, only violent crimes against innocent victims will be
 considered for rewards by Spotlight on Crime.  The program also will require
 that the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction and the prosecuting
 authority jointly request the reward.
     The Minnesota Business Partnership is leading the business community
 support for Spotlight on Crime.  The Partnership also has been a major
 supporter of CriMNet, an initiative to create a statewide information network
 for the criminal justice system.  "Projects like Spotlight on Crime and
 CriMNet will provide our criminal justice system with the tools they need to
 make Minnesota a safer place for all of us to live," said Duane Benson,
 executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership.
     "The Spotlight on Crime partnership is unique in the country," said Nate
 Garvis, vice president of government affairs for Target Corporation.
 "Spotlight on Crime gives the law enforcement community a permanent tool that
 can be used to reinvigorate an investigation that has grown cold."
     Serving on fund's board of advisors with Weaver, Benson and Garvis will be
 Superintendent Michael Campion of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Dennis
 Delmont of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Jim Trudeau of the
 Minnesota Sheriffs Association, Anoka County Attorney Robert Johnson
 (representing the Minnesota County Attorneys Association) and victim's rights
 advocate Connie Larson.
     The goal is to raise $500,000 in each of the next three years to create a
 $1.5 million base for Spotlight on Crime.  Target has committed $75,000 over
 the next three years to the project and other donors are being sought.
     The Spotlight on Crime Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and
 will be administered by the Minneapolis Foundation.  Donations to the fund,
 which may come from any individual, corporation, foundation or other source,
 are tax deductible.  For more information about the fund, or to make a
 donation, contact the Minnesota Business Partnership at 612-370-0840.
 
 SOURCE  Himle Horner