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‘Gun 250’ cash rewards raised to help take illegal held guns off the street

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Posted at 3:41 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 15:42:01-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- In an effort to reduce gun violence in the City of Richmond, Richmond Police and Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers have increased cash rewards for GUN250 tips to a maximum of $1,000.

Launched in 2016, the GUN250 program, was created to help keep illegal firearms off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.

Cash rewards are paid out for tips that result in the seizure of illegally-held weapons and/or an arrest.

Previously, the top reward was $250.

“If we decrease the firearms available to violent offenders and those too young to legally acquire them, then we can decrease violent crime in our city,” said Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith. “We want to continue to work with members of our community and reward them for their efforts in helping us keep Richmonders safe."

The name of the program will remain the same even though the maximum reward will increase to $1,000.

Tips may be offered anonymously by using the smartphone P3 Tips application or by calling Crime Stoppers at 804 780-1000.