VAN WERT — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced in response to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime that Van Wert County citizens are being invited to become associate members of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association.

Riggenbach stated that membership appeals are sent out in the mail and residents will start seeing them shortly. He also stated the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association NEVER solicits money by phone. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as a $20 contribution. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training, and legislative support on key criminal justice resources.

Riggenbach said, “With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before. The funding is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play.”

He also said, individuals who do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can do so by contacting the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association at:

1103 Schrock Road

Suite 402

Columbus, Ohio 43229

Phone: 1-800-589-2772

Residents can also become members of the program by contacting the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866.