- State Government approves increased rewards for 11 cold case homicides
- New framework provides for rewards of up to $1 million
The State Government has today announced an overhaul of the rewards system for unsolved homicides and suspicious disappearances in Western Australia.
On the 21st anniversary of the disappearance of Rockingham boy Gerard Ross, Police Minister Michelle Roberts announced a reward of $250,000 was now on offer to help solve the case.
The reward is offered for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Gerard Ross' murder.
State Cabinet has approved increases in rewards to $250,000 for a further 10 other unsolved homicides or suspicious disappearances.
A working group was set up to review the reward system and to address concerns regarding the different and maximum quantum of rewards offered.
It was concluded that reward amounts offered in Western Australia had fallen behind those offered in other States.
The implementation of the new reward framework is part of the McGowan Government's commitment to community safety.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"I'm keen to support police with the offer of rewards to help apprehend offenders and bring justice to grieving families.
"Rewards can be a valuable tool in cases where investigators believe they have the potential to generate new information or bring forward new witnesses.
"The hotchpotch system of disparate rewards we inherited needed review and I wanted to ensure we kept pace with other jurisdictions.
"Hopefully the offer of a quarter of a million dollar reward may be incentive enough to get someone to come forward with information that leads to an arrest in the Gerard Ross case."
Minister's office - 6552 6900