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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 955
Offered February 19, 2009
Commending Virginia Crime Stoppers Association, Inc.
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Patrons-- Cox, Janis, Jones, Massie and Rust
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WHEREAS, Virginia Crime Stoppers Association, Inc. celebrates 25 years of fighting crime in 2009; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Crime Stoppers Association, Inc. is an alliance of local Crime Stoppers, Crime Solvers, and Crime Line programs; and

WHEREAS, Crime Stoppers, Crime Solvers, and Crime Line programs provide an anonymous means for callers to provide information regarding crimes to police, and rewards are paid up to $1,000 for information that is useful to the police; and

WHEREAS, Crime Stoppers, Crime Line, and Crime Solvers programs are nonprofit organizations, relying solely on private donations to pay rewards; no government funds are used to pay rewards; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Crime Stoppers Association, Inc. offers annual training conferences to assist in the formation of new local programs and to provide mutual assistance to existing programs; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Crime Stoppers Association, Inc. has grown from six programs in the greater Richmond area to over 56 programs throughout the state; and

WHEREAS, of the 95 counties in Virginia, 57 are involved with a Crime Stoppers program and 12 independent cities have a Crime Stoppers program; Crime Stoppers, Crime Solvers, and Crime Line programs now cover 85 percent of Virginia’s population; and

WHEREAS, the civilian board members, police/sheriff coordinators, and the media all help Crime Stoppers, Crime Solvers, and Crime Line programs to provide a vital service and opportunity for members of the public to be actively involved in helping stop crime in their own communities; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly commend the Virginia Crime Stoppers Association, Inc. on the occasion of its 25th anniversary; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the Virginia Crime Stoppers Association, Inc. as an expression of the General Assembly’s respect for the Association’s commitment to public safety.