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Crime Solvers seeking members

April 22, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Membership has its privileges.

Some of the privileges of being a member of Washington County Crime Solvers include helping make the community safer and getting an inside peek at local law enforcement.

Crime Solvers is in the midst of its first membership drive to raise money for the organization, which has been operating for 23 years, said Linda Irvin-Craig, an active member of and a spokeswoman for the group.

Irvin-Craig said helping take crime "off the streets" has been reward enough for her in her nearly two decades with the group.

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"This is one more way we can back the police up," she said.

Crime Solvers, which includes area law enforcement officers and civilians in its membership, collects donations and offers reward money for information leading to arrests and convictions, Irvin-Craig said. She said most cases involve incidents such as burglary, theft, destruction of property and, occasionally, murder.

According to a Crime Solvers news release, the group is accepting donations from residents and businesses interested in becoming supporting members or active members.

Irvin-Craig said supporting members would only be required to make a donation and would be recognized for that effort.

Those interested in becoming active members could become involved in tasks such as reviewing reward amounts, developing funding and public relations activity, according to the news release. The release states that any potential active members would need to submit a background check "due to the sensitive nature of information that is shared."

Irvin-Craig said some active members would have the chance to sit in on conversations with active law enforcement officers and officials.

"There's opportunity to actually see how the system functions," she said.

Anyone interested in more information may write to Crime Solvers at P.O. Box 994, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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