is a nonprofit organization and is funded primarily through tax deductible donations from businesses, civic organizations, and
citizens. The donations are used for rewards and 95-97% of the money is paid out in rewards to callers. Crime Solvers pays no
salaries and all media time on tv, radio, as well as newspapers and billboard advertising is provided at no cost to Crime Solvers.
Petersburg was the third in our area to begin a program, after Richmond and Chesterfield. Petersburg Crime Solvers started in February 1985, with Dinwiddie coming on board
in 1986. Other programs have joined with others as well, such as Chesterfield has joined with Colonial Heights, and the Richmond
Metro Group has about five different jurisdictions under their Crime Stopper program.
The program continues to work well by assigning an I.D. Number to the caller who never has to give their name, phone number or testify in court. If the caller's tip is helpful
to law enforcement, he or she can receive up to $1,000 in a cash reward. The Crime Solvers number is 861-1212.
Did you notice a car speeding away? Did you get the license plate? |
The whole Crime Solvers concept began in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1978 after a murder/robbery case, Detective Greg Macaleese had few leads
and was talking to a friend in the TV business. This friend suggested doing a re-enactment of the crime to show people what had happened and to jog their memory. It just happened that an individual was cut off by the suspects fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed and he remembered the personalized license plate number on that vehicle. After the case profiled on TV, this person called the police and gave the tag number. Investigation and evidence revealed
that this vehicle was driven by the suspects, and they were arrested, tried, and convicted.
The basic premise of Crime Solvers is that, in the vast majority of cases, someone other than the suspect(s) has some information about the crime. No matter how seemingly insignificant, it can often be the final "piece of the puzzle" needed to solve the case! Crime Solvers, Crime Stoppers, Silent Witness and Crime Line, are all basically the same regarding their concept. The different names are used to differentiate different programs in large metropolitan areas, but the bottom line is that there are over 60 programs in the State of Virginia, and there are more than 1000 programs all over the world. (Crime Stoppers International is the umbrella group under which all programs operate.)
Our address is:
Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers
P. O. Box 2601
Petersburg, Virginia 23804
|What did you see? Did something look suspicious? Call Crime Solvers no matter how seemingly insignificant it seems. It could be the piece of the puzzle that helps solve the crime!