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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 6/29/2007 

 PCSO Betting on New Poker Chips For Crime Fighting Results 


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Heartland Crime Stoppers, has developed yet another method for encouraging inmates at the Polk County Jail to report information on unsolved crimes.

Inmates, who are being booked out of jail, will receive Poker Chips that have been modified to include the Crime Stoppers’ Crime Reporting Tip line, 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).

The idea behind the half dollar size red disks is to remind inmates to spread the Crime Stopper message, after they leave the jail, no matter how long they stay, even if the inmate has bonded out immediately. 

Inmates in the Polk County Jail are given decks of Crime Stopper Cold Case playing cards that display a number of unsolved crimes that have occurred in Polk County.  In addition to the cards, a continuously looped video displaying unsolved crimes is shown on jail television monitors. 

Sheriff Grady Judd said the poker chip is something they can keep in their pocket to reinforce the Crime Stopper message when they leave. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency distributing the poker chips.   “It’s not a gamble to turn in a criminal, it’s a sure bet,”  said Sheriff Judd.    

If you have any information regarding an unsolved crime, please make that call.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS.  ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED!