Locals discuss initiating neighborhood watch programs
Local religious and community leaders, as well as concerned citizens, met at the Martin Luther King Center Thursday night, April 2, to discuss the creation of Neighborhood Watch groups across the city.
On hand for the meeting were Police Chief Neal Lartigue, councilmen Freddie Jack and Donald Sam and Rev. James Williams.
Many of the concerned citizens in the audience voiced some of their ideas on crime prevention and any questions they had regarding the police department were answered by Lartigue.
Williams encouraged those in attendance to begin creating Neighborhood Watch groups in their areas. He said the groups can be called anything; Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Town Watch, Apartment Watch or Crime Watch. It did not matter what it was called as long as it served the purpose of preventing crime.
Those in attendance received handouts that detailed how best to create these groups, stating the first step is to form a small planning committee and attempt to get other residents of the neighborhood interested in helping. Members would then be trained in home security techniques, observation skills and crime reporting.
Lartigue said he and his department would be available to help these groups in any way they could and he urged all residents to contact the police department to report any suspicious activity at 363-1313.