Public Safety Day 2015
WOW! A record crowd (1,000+) attended this year's Public Safety Day at the St. Francis Medical Center across the street from Westchester Commons in Midlothian. Saturday, May 16 was a beautifully sunny day (as evidenced by Corporal Bacon's reddish skin-tone), so the weather likely drew people out of their homes to learn more about the people and programs designed to keep them safe. Representatives from Virginia State Police, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Chesterfield Sheriff's Office, Chesterfield County Police Department, Chesterfield Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, CCCH Crime Solvers and MANY more had displays set up to inform the public, and to CONFIRM that Chesterfield County is one of the safest places in Virginia to set up a homestead. At the Crime Solvers table was its favorite "cornhole" game, to which attendees were given an opportunity to sink any of 4 beanbags to win prizes. It was cool to note that one young lady.... just ONE... made all four bags legitimately. THANK YOU to all who attended and made the event an incredible success! Hopefully many learned about Crime Solvers and will consider using our program in the future! And yes ... we have since talked to Cpl. Bacon about the importance of SUNSCREEN!
THANK YOU for National Night Out 2014!
"Thank You" to ALL who participated in the 2014 National Night Out events. Throughout Chesterfield County there were 96 scheduled events, and WATSON made his appearance at as many as possible. While he was not able to make them all, he grabbed attention from MANY children at each party he crashed. He was most well received at the Bensley Community Association and Walton Park Community Events. There, children (ehemm...AND adults) asked for their picture to be taken with WATSON, and WATSON was happy to oblige. Crime Solvers had tables with information set up at Bensley, Stoney Glen, and Ironbridge Sports Park, and had board members roaming additionally throughout the county, and ALL who represented Crime Solvers spoke of how productive the night was. Crime Solvers used the event to provide information to the public on how they could help fight crime BEYOND just the block parties. Attendees learned about how they could report information to the police while staying ANONYMOUS...AND with the possibility of earning cash rewards. It was a successful night because more people KNOW about Crime Solvers than did before this year's event.
OH...and...we would be terribly remis if we did not send a SHOUT OUT to Huckleberry Cafe in Ironbridge Sports Park. The AWESOME staff of the cafe opened their grill AFTER CLOSING so that our teen volunteers could get some food at the end of the event. That was OVER and ABOVE what we expected. THANK YOU!
CCCH Crime Solvers Turns 30!
In 2014, our Crime Solvers program celebrated its 30th year in opperation, helping coordinate efforts of citizens, law-enforcement and media in the fight against crime. To celebrate, and kick off the year, our board, law-enforcement friends and media supporters joined us in a celebratory banquet on Jan. 16, 204 at the Country Club at the Highlands. With Christina Feerick (8 News Anchor) as our MC for the evening, our sponsors were recognized (including our golf tournament Title Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Midlothian) and 30 years of Crime Solvers memories were relived. Three very pristigeous awards were also presented at the event. CONGRATULATIONS to Corporal Damien Connelley for earning the Crime Solvers Diligence Award for exceptional service by a law-enforcement officer; CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. David Beam for earning the Hulon Willis Award for exceptional short-term service by a board member; and CONGRATULATIONS to Harris Bacon for earning the Jim Bourque Founders Award for exceptional long-term service by a board member. We will post pictures from the event as soon as we are able. THANK YOU TO ALL who have supported this thirty-year journey. We have learned a lot, grown a lot, and have made a GREAT deal of progress in these thirty years. Let's work TOGETHER to make another 30 successful years.....shall we?