The purpose of the Arson Alarm Local Award
Program is to stem the arson by eliciting public participation in
solving arson crimes. The Arson Alarm Foundation (AAF) board reserves the
right to make awards from program funds when it deems a nominee's actions
have met this purpose.
Only information on fires in the Northwest will
be considered for the award.
The Arson Alarm Local Award will be considered
only after the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible for the crime.
A conviction is not required.
The arrest, trial or conviction must have
occurred within a twelve-month period prior to nomination.
Nominators should be any member of a fire, law
enforcement, or legal agency, the insurance industry, or anyone deemed
appropriate by the Arson Alarm Foundation.
Nominees should be any person(s) whom the
nominator feels was instrumental in the successful investigation or
prosecution of those responsible for the fire.
Those ineligible to receive the award are members
of the staff or board of the Arson Alarm Foundation (AAF), any insurance
industry employee, law enforcement agent, prosecuting attorney staff member,
probation officer, and respective family members.
The identity of the nominee may be withheld by
the nominator if one or more of the following is true:
If, in the nominator's opinion, direct physical
harm or acts of retribution could result from public knowledge of the
informant's identity; or
If the release of the informant's identity would
jeopardize fire investigations or legal procedures.
* If the nominator elects
to maintain anonymity of the informant, then he or she must be willing to
sign a sworn statement that one of the above statements are true and that
the rules of the award system, to his/her knowledge, have not been violated.
The nominator should arbitrarily select a seven-digit number and enter the
number in the nominee section of this form.
The decision of the AAF board with reference to
the making of an award and the resolution of questions involved in making
such award, including, but not limited to, entitlement and amount, will be
binding on all persons concerned.
No promises will be made by the AAF board to pay
an informant. Nor does any agency have the right to promise an informant
that he or she will be paid. The program is voluntary, any law enforcement
or insurance industry official who feel the award will hinder a case in any
way can simply choose not to participate.