$500 Reward Offered To Citizens Who Jump In To Help Cops In Fights

The New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association unveiled a plan to encourage citizens to help police during arrests.

New York, NY The New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) has announced a plan to pay Good Samaritans who step up and assist police officers during violent or difficult arrests.

The union announced the Help a Cop incentive program during a press conference on Wednesday morning, WNBC reported.

When you see an officer struggling, rather than take your cellphone out, assist the officer and youll receive an award of $500, SBA president Ed Mullins told the New York Post.

Far too often, we see police officers engaged in violent struggles with perpetrators while members of the public stand by and take videos of the incident, Mullins explained. This has got to stop, and hopefully this program will incentivize Good Samaritans to do the right thing.

Mullins said that the program was created with the goal of helping struggling police officers, not to promote the idea of citizens taking the law into their own hands.

"It's not a program of vigilantism, it's not against community imbalance and it's certainly not against people taking photos...people have the right to take photos of police," Mullins explained, according to WNBC.

The SBA is working with State Senator Martin Golden to develop legislation to help shield citizens from liability when they aid police.

The current Good Samaritan law does not protect citizens who assist first responders, Golden told the New York Post. It is my intent to introduce legislation in the Senate that corrects this shortcoming.

Mullins said that the funds for the incentive program will come from the union, but that they hope private individuals and pro-police groups will make contributions as well.

Whether or not a citizens assistance warrants reward will be determined by a panel of experts, he said.

But the New York Police Department (NYPD) didnt seem to be on board with the SBAs idea.

The NYPD encourages people to support their cops by calling 911, an agency spokesperson told the New York Post. The department doesnt want to see people put in harms way unnecessarily to collect a reward.

Social justice group El Grito De Sunset Park also blasted the program.

In the era of Trump and the Alt-Right, incentivizing the public with $500 to assist an officer with an arrest, only encourages vigilantism and continues to promote lawlessness within an already unaccountable police department, the group complained, according to the New York Post.

Mullins said he believed the Help a Cop incentive program had the potential to help citizens take responsibility for their own communities.

The people of the City of New York are hearing about community policing, he said. Its time for the people of the City of New York to get involved, and respond back, where we help police officers.

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Would assist an LEO needing assistance without any reward. I support law enforcement as part of my duty to my community.


that's one of the most ignorant ideas i've heard yet. Why in hell pay someone to help? why not use that money to give extra training to our LEOs? Why not pay our so called LEO supporters to show up in protest instead of leaving the LEOs hung out to dry by themselves?


I would still help a police officer in distress if they said they would fine me for doing it. Im not sure paying for it is a good idea in the long run.


The suggestion that sometimes police could need an assist and that citizens be encouraged to do their civic duty and help out during an emergency is a good one. But offering cash as an incentive is a wacky idea and could result in unwanted interference and create mercenary citizens.


What a pitiful plateau we have reached when we have to pay someone to help a police officer who needs help. I'm glad I'm the age I am so I won't see what horrendous things are yet to happen yet I feel sorry for the little kids growing up not knowing how to do the right thing... This has become a self serving, selfish, gimmie society with no morals or civil pride.