Oregon Officer Reward Fund

OPERATING GUIDELINES
Purpose:    
The Oregon Officer Reward Fund (OORF) was established to make privately held reward funds immediately available in the event an Oregon public safety officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty and the perpetrator is unknown, has fled or is otherwise evading capture. The funds will be used exclusively for payment of cash rewards for information or lawful assistance provided to law enforcement that leads directly to the capture by law enforcement of person(s) wanted in the crime.

The OORF Board of Trustees may update or amend the operating guidelines as the Trustees deems necessary or desirable from time-to-time. The OORF will operate in good faith as outlined in the current Trust Agreement and the following guidelines.

Application Criteria:

  1. The person seriously injured or killed must be an active Oregon public safety officer, specified as a peace officer, reserve officer or federal officer as defined in ORS 133.005; an Oregon parole and probation officer, a district attorney investigator, corrections officer, youth corrections officer or telecommunicator as those terms are defined in ORS 181.610; or an Oregon elected district attorney or duly appointed deputy district attorney.
  2. The injury must be life-threating or significantly impair the ability of the injured public safety officer to return to full duty in a reasonable period of time.
  3. The injury or death must be in the line of duty while performing a legitimate law enforcement or public safety function.
  4. The injury or death must be the result of a criminal act by another individual or individuals.
  5. The person or persons suspected of committing the crime must not be in custody at the time of application for reward funds is made.
  6. The suspect or suspects are unknown or reasonable cause exists to believe known suspect(s) have fled or are hiding to avoid capture.
  7. Application must be made by either the county District Attorney (or designee) with jurisdiction over the crime or the head (or designee) of the primary law enforcement agency investigating the crime.
  8. Funds from the OORF shall not to be provided or used for payment to entice persons to provide sworn testimony.
  9. The OORF may seek additional information from the applicant prior to deciding to approve or deny the request.

Application process:   

  1. The appropriate District Attorney or the head of the primary law enforcement agency (or their designee) investigating the crime must submit a completed and signed application to the Oregon Officer Reward Fund (OORF).
  2. Application forms may be submitted to the OORF in person or by any electronic method.
  3. The application must include the amount of reward funds requested. The minimum reward is $500 and the maximum is $25,000. The OORF reserves the right to establish guidelines on standard reward amounts to effectively manage the reward fund.
  4. The OORF reserves the right to approve, deny or adjust the reward amount requested in the application.  At no time shall a reward amount exceed funds actually available to the OORF at the time of the request.
  5. Acceptance or denial of an application requires a majority vote of the OORF.
  6. Once the application is accepted, the reward funds will be immediately available for use in the investigation. The OORF shall retain control of all funds until payment is made.
  7. Once an application is accepted, the reward amount may be increased or decreased at the request of the District Attorney or primary law enforcement agency as warranted by the needs of the investigation. The OORF may, at its discretion, increase or decrease the approved reward amount upon such request.
  8. If application is denied, the appropriate District Attorney or law enforcement agency may reapply if additional information or evidence should warrant.
  9. The approved reward amount will remain valid and the reward funds will be available for a period of two (2) years. The reward availability may be extended for an additional two (2) years upon request of the applicant or at the discretion of the OORF.
  10. The decisions of the OORF during any part of the application process are final.

Payment Criteria:

  1. Payment of the requested reward amount shall be made only upon the lawful capture and prosecution of the suspect for the crimes alleged.  The OORF does not condone any unlawful act in the capture of a wanted suspect.
    1. Unlawful conduct by a claimant in the capture of a suspect shall be reason to deny the dispersal of reward funds.
  2. The District Attorney or head of the primary law enforcement agency (or their designee) must submit a written request to disperse funds. Requests to disperse reward funds must include, at a minimum, the eligible claimant’s legal name, address, date of birth and Social Security number.
  3. Requests for Dispersal of Reward Funds forms will be used only to verify appropriate payment and to meet any and all tax reporting requirements.
  4. Requests for Dispersal of Reward Funds forms shall remain confidential and are not public records.
  5. The request to disperse reward funds must include a signed certification that the person or persons to whom the payment is to be disbursed provided valid information, evidence or lawful assistance to law enforcement that led to the capture of the suspect(s) by law enforcement and the person or persons are entitled to receive reward funds.
  6. Approval or denial of payment requires a 75% majority of the OORF Board of Trustees. The OORF reserves the right to approve or deny payment of the reward funds based on the established payment criteria.  The decision of the OORF is final.
  7. If payment is denied by OORF, the appropriate District Attorney or head of the primary law enforcement agency (or their designee) may reapply for payment once if additional information or evidence should warrant reapplication.
  8. All tax deductions required by law will be deducted from the approved amount of reward payment prior to dispersal of the funds and reported as required by state and federal taxing authorities.
  9. Claims for the dispersal of reward funds will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.
  10. In the event there is more than one valid claim for a reward, the reward amount pre-approved by OORF will be distributed equally to all persons verified as eligible to receive the reward. In no event will the amount dispersed exceed the amount pre-approved by OORF in the case, regardless of the number of claimants verified as eligible.
  11. In the event there is more than one suspect in the case, the reward amount pre-approved by OORF will be divided and distributed equally for the arrest and prosecution of each suspect. In no event will the reward amount made available or dispersed exceed the pre-approved amount, regardless of the number of suspects in each case.
  12. Dispersal of funds in each case will occur no sooner than 120 days after the capture the last suspect wanted in the case. Any claim submitted by an individual more than 120 days after the capture of the last wanted suspect will be deemed invalid and not eligible for reward funds. Responsibility to timely claim reward funds rest solely with the claimant.
  13. Should the wanted person(s) be captured abroad, payment will only occur after the suspect is extradited and returned to lawful custody of authorities in the United States and prosecution commences or upon lawful prosecution in the foreign country of capture.
  14. The OORF retains full discretion regarding dispersal of reward funds and to determine the proper time for dispersing the reward funds to the entitled claimant or claimants.
  15. The OORF may seek additional information from the applicant to confirm proper dispersal of the reward amount.

Eligibility:

No active or reserve, sworn or non-sworn, members of any law enforcement agency, or their immediate family members, employed or engaged police related activity within the United States or its territories, is eligible to receive reward funds from the OORF.

No member of the OORF Board of Trustees or the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, or their immediate family members, is eligible to receive any reward funds from the OORF.
No bounty hunter or other person(s) engaged in the search and capture of wanted persons for profit are eligible to receive reward funds from the OORF.

Immediate family member has the common meaning as described in Oregon Statute.

The OORF guidelines are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the OORF Board of Trustees.Unlawful conduct by a claimant in the capture of a suspect shall be reason to deny the dispersal of reward funds.