Emergency 911 Cell Phones

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911 Cell Phone Bank and the Winnebago County Crime Prevention Fund (Reducing Crime Enhancing Safety), partner to help seniors and crime victims by collecting and distributing cell phones.

Under the partnership, funds will be raised and free emergency 911 cell phones will be provided to those in need.

Ocala, Florida, March 28, 2006 - RMS Communications Group, Inc., a leading recycler and re-marketer of old cell phones, announced today it has entered into a partnership agreement with the Winnebago County Crime Prevention Fund to raise funds and provide free emergency cell phones for local crime victims and senior citizens.

Under the agreement, the Winnebago County Crime Prevention Fund will collect used phones in the community which will be turned over to RMS for re-marketing through the company's 911 Cell Phone Bank program, which operates via a Website.  In return, RMS will provide the Winnebago County Crime Prevention Fund with 911 phones as well as cash to be used for the crime prevention fund.

Residents who have unused cell phones are encouraged to drop them off at collection points throughout the county, or call to have phones picked up.  Locations can be found and pickups can be arranged by calling the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at (920) 236-7309 or (920) 727-2888 ext. 7309.

Crime Prevention Coordinator Deputy Steve Herman of the Sheriff's Office states "The phones that we get back from RMS are given to seniors or to people who may have been victims of violent crimes.  Even if the phones never get used, it gives people a real sense of safety and security.  If people in the community know they can help support these programs by simply donating a used cell phone that they aren't using anyway, who isn't going to do that?  It's a real win-win situation."

James Mosieur, chief executive officer of RMS Communications Group, Inc. said Winnebago County Sheriff's Office and other agencies around the country are signing up to participate in the 911 Cell Phone Bank Program.

"We started the 911 Cell Phone Bank program more than a year ago and it has already raised more than a quarter-million dollars for various law enforcement needs."  Mosieur said.  "No need is greater than supporting law enforcement agencies who work to tirelessly on behalf of their local communities."

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office has designated the following cell phone drop off sites:

  • Menasha Senior Center

116 Main St.

Menasha, WI 54952

  • Oshkosh Senior Center

200 N. Campbell Rd.

Oshkosh, WI 54902

  • Omro Area Community Center

130 W. Larrabee St.

Omro, WI 54963

  • Pickett Community Center

6687 State Rd. 44

Pickett, WI 54964

You may also drop used cell phones off at any law enforcement agency in Winnebago County.  Let them know the phones are being turned in for the Winnebago County Crime Prevention Fund Cell Phone Program.

For further information on this program or other Crime Prevention Programs contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Deputy Erica Geschrei at the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office at (920) 236-7309 or (920) 727-2888 ext. 7309.