Hopewell-Prince George Crime Solvers, Inc.
Hopewell-Prince George Crime Solvers is a community-oriented program involving citizens, the business community, news media, and the Hopewell and Prince George Police Department working together in the fight against crime. The Crime Solvers Board is comprised of a group of citizens who pay cash rewards or information leading to the arrest and indictment of any person or persons who commit crimes in Hopewell or Prince George or to the capture of a wanted person. Crime Solvers is not run by the Hopewell or Prince George County Police Department.
The Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers program is located in South Central Virginia. This organization serves the city of Hopewell and the county of Prince George with a combined population of 59,123. This program assists with operating a system in which citizens can anonymously report information related to criminal activity. This program works in conjunction with the law enforcement agencies for both jurisdictions.
A need for this text-a-tip service was identified as an avenue to reach the younger generation of each locality by utilizing the capabilities of cellular phone technology. This target group was identified as a viable means of obtaining information in reference to criminal activity. The use of this system would provide an alternate means of obtaining information as opposed to the existing tip line, which uses a conventional telephone line. This text-a-tip service originated as an idea by the members of the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers in conjunction with the Prince George County and Hopewell Police Departments in January of 2011. A committee was formed to research the program and a determination was made to implement the service.
The Prince George County High School's marketing class was utilized as a focus group for identifying ways to market the program to the younger generation. The students had direct involvement in designing the brochure, flyer, poster, and the banner for the text-a-tip program.