By: Adrienne Wallace | Email: Click Here
Posted: March 3, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.
Earlier this month, Prince George Police introduced Sara Radford to members of the Hopewell-Prince George Crime Solvers Board, noting she is currently president of the student organization. The PGHS senior joined the youth Crime Solvers in sixth grade and has continued to be part of the group serving as president for the past four years,” Officer Butch Pearson said.
She was vice president for one year.
“I hate to see her go,” Pearson said recalling a time he could not attend one of the student Crime Solver meetings and Radford took over without a hitch. “She didn’t even need me there.”
The Hopewell-Prince George Student Crime Solvers is a program that involves students, school administration and staff, and police in the reduction and prevention of crime on school property. It offers anonymity and cash rewards to students who furnish information leading to an arrest or disciplinary action against offenders. It also offers anonymity and cash rewards to students who furnish information that prevent crimes from occurring, such as threats of violence and intimidation. The anonymity offered by Crime Solvers overcomes the fear students have of coming forward with information, and the offering of cash rewards overcomes apathy.
Student Crime Solvers involves the students at every level of the program. The students take full ownership of the program from the very start, with guidance provided by a school resource officer and/or school staff member. The program is administered by a student board of directors who have the responsibility of promoting, fundraising, and making recommendations for cash rewards.
“However, she is also extremely active in numerous other clubs such as vice president of National Honors Society, Service project Coordinator of Key Club, BETA, DECA and Champions together,” Pearson said.
Radford admitted that her friends have teased her about being a member of the Crime Solvers, but she has remained committed to helping others in this capacity.
““It’s not a snitch program,” she said. “It is important to me because, Crime Solvers helps prevent harsher crimes like school shootings. It’s a way for a student or someone else to just type in a message in their phone really quick, not have to go to administration and it protects their privacy.”
In today’s society even students have to be diligent about their surroundings.
She not only serves her community through school groups, but Radford also works at the Petersburg YMCA and Colonial Heights Chick-fil-A.
She plans to pursue a masters in medical administration and has been accepted into the James Madison University Honors College and University of Mary Washington’s Honors College along with the Presidential award.
She hasn’t chosen her next path. “I have toured schools and want to take the opportunity to shadow a current student so I can learn more about the college and its programs,” Radford said about her planning process.
Police chief Keith Early thanked Radford for her contributions and presented her with a chief’s coin, something he doesn’t do on a regular basis.
“I hope she can rub off on other students,” he said.
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