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Jacksonville Daily Progress
CHEROKEE COUNTY —
Sheriff James E. Campbell is urging area residents to pull out their wallets and become victors against – not victims of – crime.
Campbell this week invited all Cherokee County residents to do so by joining the Sheriff's Association of Texas with paid and tax-deductible associate memberships.
“The associate membership drive helps provide the funding which is vital to making our communities safer places to live, work and play,” Campbell said in an issued news release.
The offer to join – the amount required to donate was unspecified in the sheriff's release – is in response to the increased number of residents who have indicated they wish to do more to keep their home county safe, the sheriff said.
Campbell said the current situation with the economy makes it necessary to build stronger economic ties between public officials and private citizens.
And the financing won't just be confined to Cherokee County, the sheriff said. The money from these associate member donations is expected to help finance critical training, technical resources, and legislative support on “key criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across the state.”
“It is a valuable investment in our future,” the sheriff said.
Membership invitations are expected to be mailed to area residents over the next several weeks.
Anyone who is not contacted by the organization can access the organization's website, www.txsheriffs.org.