DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Crime stoppers organizations. Establishes the crime stoppers advisory council (council) within the state police department and provides for the appointment of members. Requires the council to encourage and assist in the creation of crime stoppers organizations and facilitate the detection of crime. Makes reports relating to criminal acts made to a crime stoppers organization or the council confidential. Makes unlawfully disclosing a crime stoppers report a Class A misdemeanor, and enhances the penalty to a Class D felony if the disclosure is made for monetary gain. Permits a court to order a person convicted of a crime to repay all or part of any reward money paid by a crime stoppers organization or to order a person on probation to make a payment to a crime stoppers organization. Authorizes the council to certify which crime stoppers organizations are eligible for payments or repayments, and specifies that crime stoppers organizations that receive payments or repayments are subject to audit. Requires the council to establish a toll free telephone service for the reporting of criminal acts and to make the toll free service available in parts of Indiana not served by a crime stopper organization. Provides immunity from civil liability for persons who make, receive, or transmit certain information relating to criminal activity. Makes other changes and conforming amendments.