Get in­volved to get it solved

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

You Have To Get In­volved To Get It Solved!

Are you tired of ev­ery time you pick up the news­pa­per or turn on the ra­dio or tele­vi­sion to hear that some­one has been robbed, killed, or beaten only to hear the sus­pect is still at large. When you go out about your busi­ness, do you over­hear or you en­gage in con­ver­sa­tions of what are the po­lice do­ing?

Well, the po­lice can’t do it all alone. They need the com­mu­nity’s help. They need your help, and you can do so with­out giv­ing your name or go­ing to court.

I want to chal­lenge you to get in­volved. How so? You can join a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. One that can help the po­lice to make some ar­rests for cur­rent and past crimes.

The Pe­ters­burg Din­wid­die Crime Solvers Board of Di­rec­tors has open en­roll­ment com­ing up real soon - as soon as Tues­day Oc­to­ber 9 at the Pe­ters­burg Bus Sta­tion 2nd Floor Con­fer­ence Room, start­ing at 8am to 9am. It’s lo­cated at 100 W. Wash­ing­ton St. Pe­ters­burg.

I’m a vic­tim of a crime. My youngest son, DeAn­dre J. Thomas, was mur­dered in 2005 here in Pe­ters­burg, and his case is still open. I des­per­ately need a wit­ness or wit­nesses to come for­ward so that I can get jus­tice in his case. I can’t be­gin to tell you how hard it is to live in a city, my home­town, not know­ing who killed my beloved son and why. There’s no way of know­ing if the per­son or per­sons have killed one of your loved ones or friends.

Please don’t wait un­til it hap­pens to some­one you love to get in­volved. I joined this or­ga­ni­za­tion my­self be­cause I want to be a part of bring­ing jus­tice for not only my son but for any­one who has been vi­o­lated. That’s why I’m ad­vo­cat­ing for you to join.

Crime Solvers is a com­mu­nity in­volve­ment pro­gram, cre­ated to pro­vide a means for cit­i­zens to safely and anony­mously re­port in­for­ma­tion about un­solved crimes and fugi­tives. They are a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that is funded pri­mar­ily through tax-de­ductible do­na­tions from busi­nesses, civic or­ga­ni­za­tions, and most im­por­tantly cit­i­zens. The do­na­tions are used for re­wards paid out to call­ers.

Crime Solvers pays no salaries. Crime Solvers is a non-stock 501 (C)(3) char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated ex­clu­sively to fight­ing against crime in our com­mu­nity. Crime Solvers has been around since 1985 and still go­ing strong. In ad­di­tion to call­ing 861-1212, you can now down­load P3 apps to give in­for­ma­tion anony­mously and re­ceive a cash re­ward for do­ing so.

Now that you know a bit more about the or­ga­ni­za­tion, it is my hope that you will con­sider join­ing. Your ideas and par­tic­i­pa­tion are needed. The meet­ings are held ev­ery sec­ond Tues­day of ev­ery month. I hope to see you there.

Nau­vata Evans Pe­ters­burg

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