Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1958 NO. 148 > Jan 17 1958

A county has no authority to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of a person against whom no criminal charge has been filed. It is against public policy for sheriffs, their deputies, or other peace officers to claim a reward offered by a county for apprehending persons wanted for, or charged with, a crime.