What is the Georgia Arson Control Program?
The Georgia Arson Control Program, Inc. (GAC) was formed in January of 1979 by property and casualty insurers writing business in Georgia. GAC, with the cooperation of the Commissioner, Georgia Department of Insurance and Safety Fire, and state/local law enforcement agencies, established an ARSON HOTLINE. A reward fund was initiated from which monetary rewards are given to individuals who come forward with information that results in the arrest and conviction of arsonists.
What is the maximum reward offered by GAC?
At the discretion of the GAC’s Reward Committee, up to $10,000 may be paid for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the
person(s) responsible for planning or committing arson in the state of Georgia.
How does the reward program work?
The Board of Directors of GAC is composed of representatives of both national and Georgia Based insurance companies, as well as insurance industry trade associations. The Board meets quarterly and holds an annual meeting each January.
During its meetings, the GAC’s Board considers reward nominations from:
-Individuals who have provided information by calling the toll-free Arson Hotline
-Individuals nominated by a fire chief, police chief, prosecuting attorney, arson investigator or fire marshall
-Individuals who provide information in writing directly to the GAC.
Procedures have been established to safeguard the identity of informants who wish to remain anonymous and juveniles (whose identities must be kept confidential by state law because of their age).
No official of any organization is empowered to promise a reward through this program prior to conviction or before official approval of a reward payment by the GAC Board of Directors.
Law Enforcement, fire department, court officials, insurance claim personnel and the families of each are not eligible for rewards through GAC.
GEORGIA ARSON CONTROL PROGRAM, INC
Georgia Insurance Commissioner and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens
And by Property/Casualty Insurance Companies Doing business in Georgia.
Thanks to insurance companies, who provide the financial support to GAC through their participation in the
Georgia Underwriting Association, the state’s FAIR (Fair Access to Insurance Requirements) Plan,
Georgians are fighting the malicious burning of property that cost law-abiding citizens of the state of Georgia millions of dollars every year.