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Mathews County Crime Solvers Inc.

What is Crime Solvers?
Crime Solvers is a program in which members of the community, the media, the sheriff's department and business owners work together to solve crime. If you have information—no matter how trivial or insignificant it may seem—about a crime, Mathews County Crime Solvers encourages you to call (804) 725-7001 and report the information. You will not have to give your name and you will not have to testify in court. If the information leads to an arrest, you will receive a cash reward of as much as $1,000.

How does it work?

When you call Crime Solvers, the person who answers the telephone will record the date, time and a brief summary of the information you provide. The person will give you a code number. If the information you give results in an arrest, you will receive the reward associated with that code number. The reward you receive will vary depending on the crime.
 
If you give your name and phone number, the call taker will log the information. However, it will be kept strictly confidential. All callers may remain anonymous, with no pressure to reveal their identities, and still collect their rewards.

How effective is Crime Solvers?

Increased reports of crime and more arrests, indictments and convictions are proof that Crime Solvers works.

While crime prevention continues to be our best means of reducing crime, Crime Solvers helps assure fast, sure punishment for those who break the law.

How much does it cost?
Crime Solvers is not funded by your tax dollars. Crime Solvers operates through donations from individuals, civic and social groups, professional associations, corporations and retailers. Donations are used to pay rewards and related expenses.

Because Crime Solvers has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a private, non-profit organization, contributions are tax deductible.

Who manages Crime Solvers?
A Crime Solvers board of directors, comprised of citizens, oversees the program and approves the rewards to be paid. They determine the amount of the rewards based upon information presented by the sheriff's department. The board of directors does not know who called in the information, They know only the facts of the case and the caller's Crime Stoppers number.

There are no paid staff or employees.
 
How can I help Crime Solvers?
You can help Crime Solvers in three ways:
1. If you know information about a crime, report it to Crime Solvers at (804) 725-7001;
2. Join the board of directors. The board meets six times a year in the evenings. The meetings last about one hour;
3. Contribute money toward the reward fund. You contribution will be tax deductible.
 
For more information, contact Capt. Ann Shockley at (804) 725-7177 or via e-mail at captain@co.mathews.va.us.