About

Crime Solvers of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is collaboration between the community, law enforcement, and the media all working together to solve crime.

(540) 574-5050
Text "HPD" plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES)





 

How it works:

Our local television station, WHSV TV-3, and a local radio station, WSVA News Radio 550AM, donate air time every week to broadcast the "Crime of the Week." The weeks alternate between the Harrisonburg Police Department and Rockingham County Sheriff's Office. An unsolved crime is highlighted in the hopes that a member of the community will call the tip line with information not otherwise known about the case.

When a citizen calls the tip line at 540.574.5050 they will provide the call taker the information they have about the highlighted case or any other crime that has occurred that they have information about. The caller will be given a number and told to call back in a designated amount of time to see if they are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. If so, arrangements will be made to anonymously receive the reward money.

Our History

In late 1993, a presentation was given by several members of the Waynesboro Crime Solvers Association to the Harrisonburg Police Advisory Committee. Colonel Don Harper of HPD, then Sheriff Glenn Weatherholtz, and others on the Advisory Committee were all very interested in the program and had several meetings to determine the feasibility of forming a Crime Solvers program for our area. A sub-committee was formed to start the process of contacting the possible board members that were suggested by Colonel Harper and Sheriff Weatherholtz. All were contacted and all agreed to sit on the board, thus constituting the Chartering Board of Directors.

A direct mail solicitation of the membership list of the Chamber of Commerce was begun to get funds to start the Crime Solvers program.

The first official organizational board meeting for the Harrisonburg Rockingham County Crime Solvers was held on February 17, 1995 in the Hall of Fame Room of the James Madison University Convocation Center.

Several of those founding board members are still active in the organization and some still hold board positions.