Baltimore Councilmember Wants to Raise More Cash For Crime Tipsters

What’s happening?

Baltimore City Councilman Isaac Schleifer is proposing an amendment to boost the cash rewards people receive for giving tips in homicide and shooting cases that lead to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect. 

How much money is Schleifer proposing? 

Currently, the nonprofit Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland allots about $2,000 per reward. Through a supplementary fund through the city, tipsters would get $10,000 under Schleifer’s proposal. 

“The return on investment is, in my opinion, the best return on investment on any public safety dollar because it only pays out when results are delivered, while bringing closure to victims’ families and their communities,” Schleifer told WYPR. 

Anything else I should know? 

The Baltimore City Council and the mayor need to approve the amendment, then Baltimore residents can vote on the decision as early as the general election in 2022. 

You can read more here. 


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