Cartersville Police Department creates crime tip line
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Mar 07, 2013 | 1249 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville Police Department this week activated a crime tip line.

Citizens can call the tip line and pass on any information regarding current cases, crimes or criminal activity. Callers will remain anonymous.

Police Chief Thomas Culpepper said, “The tip line is a way that members of the public can assist our department by providing information that will help us not only solve existing cases but also prevent crime from happening in the future. We welcome the partnership with the citizens of Cartersville.”

The tip line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number is 770-606-5337.

Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit working with local agencies to provide rewards for crime tips, demobilized in June 2012 due to funding issues.

BCSO academy deadline approaching

Anyone wishing to apply for the 2013 Bartow County Citizens Law Enforcement Academy are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, the department said this week.

The deadline to sign up for the April 4 session is March 29 at 5 p.m.

The 10-week course covers a range of topics, involving each department within the BCSO. Participants also have the option to become certified in CPR and have the opportunity to spend time on the firing range and riding along with officers after graduating from the class.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and pass a background check. Participants also will be fingerprinted during the course. The fee is $25, which covers the cost of materials for the class.

For more information, contact Capt. Mike Shinall at 770-382-5050, extension 6069.

Woman scammed through dating site

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.

An Adairsville woman learned that lesson the hard way.

According to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report, the woman met a man on a dating website, later connecting on Facebook, who claimed to be U.S. Army personnel stationed in Nigeria.

She said the man asked her to open a bank account in his name so his bank manager could deposit money into the account. The woman said she provided the man her bank account and personal information so the money could be placed there.

A third party deposited two $500 checks into the woman’s account and asked that she send the money to Malaysia. Yet another person also placed $900 into the account. The woman said she withdrew $1,200 in cash and sent it to Malaysia.

The woman told police she believes it was a scam. The deputy reported he advised her “to be very careful about who she trusts online” and close her account.