By Rohan Mattu

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on Thursday announced an increase to Metro Crime Stoppers hotline rewards with $100,000 in funding from the city.

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement negotiated a new agreement with the non-profit to allow an increase in awards offered for crimes involving murders and illegal guns.

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The funding will add $4,000 to the reward amounts offered for murders and up to $2,000 for crimes involving illegal guns. Rewards for homicides in Baltimore will now be eligible for up to $6,000 for homicides and up to $8,000 for homicides that involve the use of illegal guns.

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“It is important that we make sure folks are appropriately rewarded for coming forward,” said Mayor Scott. “This will encourage residents to participate in building and shaping a new sense of community focused on healing and accountability — rather than this anti snitching culture that has failed so many of our residents.”

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Metro Crime Stoppers is an all volunteer organization that is self-funded and works with police jurisdictions in the Baltimore area to help solve crimes.