LA PALMA : Graffiti Tipsters Can Collect Reward

Tipsters who give police information leading to the arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals will now be eligible for a $50 reward under a program approved Tuesday by the City Council.

The council unanimously approved granting the rewards using money donated by the La Palma Lions Club, which gave $500 to develop a reward program.

Rewards will be given to anyone who provides enough information about graffiti vandals for police to make an arrest resulting in a conviction, Cmdr. Vince Giampa of the La Palma police said. Callers will remain anonymous, Giampa said.

Most graffiti in La Palma is sprayed or drawn by area gangs, Giampa said. The city has a policy of sending out a public works crew to remove graffiti within 24 hours after it is discovered.

To report tips on who is spraying graffiti, people may call the Police Department's business line at (714) 523-4552 or (213) 402-3623. To report graffiti being sprayed at the moment, residents can call 911, Giampa said.

The Lions Club donated the reward money as a project to help the community, said James Woodin, who was president when the donation was approved last year.

In a letter to the council, Woodin wrote that graffiti has become so common that it is hard to go anywhere in the city without seeing it.

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