TBOC started with the intention to give local police another “tool” they could use in their efforts to keep Santa Rosa residents safe. By providing funds voluntarily donated by Alliance members through annual dues, monetary incentives — or rewards — are given to witnesses or community members as an incentive for them to come forward with leads on the whereabouts of known and wanted felons. This enables police to locate suspects committing crimes, as well as obtain information leading to their apprehension, arrest and prosecution for offenses including violent crime, property crimes, narcotics violations and gang related activities.
SRPD continues to value its partnership with Sonoma County Alliance’s Take Back Our Community program. Founded in 2005 by SCA past president Ross Liscum and former Santa Rosa Police Chief Ed Flint, TBOC provides up to $2,500, or more, as an inducement for citizens willing to provide information for those wanted by law enforcement. SRPD has been the primary Sonoma County law enforcement agency utilizing this program since its inception.
SCA’s Executive Board, oversees the TBOC program. In the past, the board doubled certain rewards, up to $5,000, based on the severity of the crime. Increased rewards provide a greater incentive for informants to come forward, and give the police department additional flexibility when negotiating rewards.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department recently indicated interest in becoming more involved. TBOC is available to all law enforcement agencies in Sonoma County.