Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Kevin Doyle announced that Putnam county citizens are being invited to become Associate Members of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association.
Membership appeals will go out in the mail shortly. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $20, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution.
The funding provides critically important technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues.
Contributions are tax-deductible, and unlike other organizations in Illinois, the membership program does not solicit membership by telephone.
“With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before,” Doyle said. “The funding is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play.”
The program is committed to its “no telemarketing” policy and only sends invitations to citizens to become members by mail. Individuals who do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can visit online www.ilsheriff.org or may call or write to the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association; 401 E. Washington, Suite 100, Springfield, IL 62701. The group’s telephone number is 217-753-2372.
Residents can also become members of the program by contacting the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
“As the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships in this country continues to escalate, programs such as this continue to grow in importance,” Doyle said.
“I encourage everyone receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an associate member.”