It is imperative that those working in the business of 'protecting society' work together, especially in these tight economic times. Governmental agencies are faced with providing high levels of service while budgets get tougher and tighter. Crime does not care about these issues and may even be encouraged to expand wrong doing. Citizens have realized that crime is not just a police problem, rather a community problem. More people understand that they need to participate in problem solving for the good of all. Community policing has grown stronger during this evolution and Crime Stopper programs have moved to the forefront. Crime Stopper organizations are a collection of active concerned local folks wanting to do something about crime in their community. They are a separate and autonomous organization within many communities.
Now for some good news: We have Richmond County Virginia Crime Stoppers, Inc. They work diligently to help the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Warsaw Police Department stay on top of criminal activity by providing a mechanism for tips that often help solve crimes and capture wanted criminals. The Sheriff’s Office and Police Department have been partnering for some time, but they receive a welcomed added boost from Crime Stoppers.
This has grown into an effective and efficient working group. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Warsaw Police Department are dedicated to this effort, how about you? Would you like to join and help? Call Crime Stoppers at 333-8477, tell them you would like to be a member, give them your name and phone number and we will be in contact.
When the community and police work together, we can make a difference.
In October 2006, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office was approached by Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office about a program to invite the residents of our county to become involved in assisting local law enforcement. This program is known as Crime Stoppers. The program’s goal is to enhance communications between the citizens of Richmond County and those involved in ongoing investigations.
The Crime Stoppers program is designed to allow citizens to anonymously share tips, report possible crimes and wanted individuals to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Over the course of six years, this program has allowed over one hundred calls to be reviewed from “tipsters”. Out of these one hundred calls, approximately fifty rewards have been granted to the callers. Crime Stoppers has allowed this office to post numerous pictures of wanted individuals, which has led to successful captures and convictions. Deputies from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office have attended various seminars and classes to better enhance their ability to effectively utilize the Crime Stopper program in Richmond County.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit independent corporation which is solely funded from donations and fundraisers. If you have any information on a crime happening in Richmond County, please contact Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 804-333-TIPS (8477). You do not have to give your name and your phone call will not be recorded. You will be given a code number to protect your identity. You now can also text information about crimes from your cell phone. Text the word TIPS RC, along with the information you wish to share, to 274637. This information is also anonymous. If the information you give is useful to law enforcement, you could receive a reward up to $1,000.00.
Warsaw-Richmond County Triad
Triad is a combination of police, sheriff and seniors working together to provide safety and services for seniors. The program is run by seniors for seniors. Law enforcement and other service providers work with seniors to develop a web/hub of resources specifically geared toward an older population. Generally a SALT Council (Seniors And Law enforcement Together) is formed to run the business of the Triad and includes a representation of senior service providers, law enforcement, seniors and other interested parties.
Triad is a volunteer partnership involving:
- Warsaw Police Chief
- Richmond County Sheriff
- Local organizations who represent seniors
- Concerned citizens
- Older retired leadership
The primary goals of Triad are to:
- Reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens
- Enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to this population
- Provide guidance and opportunities for exchange of information between law enforcement and senior citizens
For more information contact the Warsaw Police Department or go to the Warsaw-Richmond County Triad website at http://warsawrichmondcountytriad.com/about-2/.
For information on Triad at a state level visit the Virginia Attorney General's website at http://www.ag.virginia.gov/Programs%20and%20Resources/TRIAD/index.html.