Tipster rewarded for info in 2014 officer dragging incident

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NEW YORK -

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill accepted a cash reward on behalf of a tipster who helped take a violent criminal off the streets.

The anonymous tipster provided information that led to the arrest and conviction of a person who dragged an NYPD detective with an ATV in 2014.

The reward was given from the COP SHOT program. The program anonymously rewards tipsters for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone who shoots a New York City police officer.

"The assault on our detective did not involve a gun," O'Neill says. "We asked COP SHOT to help because we knew the suspect seen on video could easily be identified by someone who knew him."

The NYPD has $10,000 in cash as part of the COP SHOT program. This is the 28th reward that has been given out since the program started in 1984.

Police officers say they give out cash instead of checks to ensure all tipsters remain anonymous.

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