Sheriff seeks interest in forming local Crime Solvers
In an effort to gather more information and secure the help of the public, Sheriff KC Bohrer is promoting the formation of a local Crime Solvers chapter by community members.
Bohrer has announced an organizational meeting on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. to introduce the idea and gauge public interest in the effort.
The meeting will be held in the County Commission meeting room of the courthouse.
Crime Solvers follows a national model, but local chapters don’t belong to a national organization, Bohrer said. Instead, local individuals and businesses join and pay a yearly fee that goes into a fund for reward money, crime prevention efforts and other local programs.
Local members choose a Board of Directors that decides the amount of dues, what funds are spent on and what programs to start.
Local law enforcement officials – town police chiefs, Sheriffs and State Police commanders – act as an Advisory Board.
Bohrer said chapters build up funds to pay rewards for crime tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of an offender. Rewards can range up to $1,000.
One main function of a Crime Solver chapter is to set up and advertise an anonymous tip line people can use to report information about crimes. Chapters also partner with media to share a “Crime of the Week” and ask for information relating to that incident.
Bohrer said tips that come in on a Crime Solver line are checked by the law enforcement Advisory Board and given to the appropriate agency. Callers are given a number assigned to their tip, in case their tip is eligible for a reward later.
Bohrer said he hopes the business community will take the lead in forming a group.
“It’s another way for law enforcement and the public to work together to make the community safer,” he said.
Neighboring areas, including Winchester/Frederick County, Va., Berkeley County and Washington County, Md. have Crime Solvers groups.
Anyone interested in being involved in the creation of a Crime Solvers group can attend the March 1 meeting or contact Sheriff KC Bohrer at 304-258-1067 or by email at email@example.com.