Mayor Soglin announced a new plan to help crack down on gun control, and it involves some easily earned cash. Deputies will offer up to $1000 to anyone who reports guns that were used in a violent crime or that are being held illegally. All such tippers will remain anonymous.
Assistant Police Chief Vick Wall says that the incentive program is aimed at curbing the increase in gun violence that Madison has seen over the last year. At the press conference Mayor Soglin held, he said that even though the city has been considering the program for some time, a recent spike in violent crime prompted him to start the program early.
This method has been used in many other cities, and Madison officials are still exploring how successful it’s been elsewhere. They are researching how many tips have come in and how much money has been paid out in similar programs. This research will be finished in a few weeks, but for now, the money for any tips will come from Mayor Soglin’s office.
WORT Reporter Nina Kravinsky spoke with Assistant Police Chief Vick Wall about the details of the program as it stands and its potential future.