Help the good guys

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 6, 2005

Amid the reports of crimes, accidents and other &uot;negative&uot; news, it’s always uplifting to come across a real success story and get it in print.

Such was the case over the weekend when we published the story about Suffolk Crime Line.

The program, run by a volunteer board, was responsible in 2004 for helping police nab 40 crime suspects. That’s not a huge number, but nonetheless 40 bad guys and girls who likely will not be out there in 2005 selling narcotics, committing burglaries and various other nefarious activities.

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Each week, the News-Herald, through the Suffolk Police Department, publishes photos and a listing of Crime Line’s most wanted. Citizens can call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP if they have information on one of the suspects. Callers do not have to give their name or testify in court. If the information leads to an arrest, the caller can qualify for cash rewards.

In 2004, Crime Line paid our more than $4,500 for an average of more than $100 per suspect nabbed – not bad for a phone call.

The program is also at work in the schools in which students can receive gift certificates for providing information.

Crime Line is a good program that’s worthy of the community’s support. If you are interested in making a donation, you can call 925-6518. Crime Line is also selling stuffed dogs for $12 each to help raise money. The good guys need your support.