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July 17, 2013

Valdosta Police Department seeks neighborhood watch programs

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Police Department has issued a call and offered its support for neighboring residents who wish to fortify their turf with neighborhood watches.

Initiating a neighborhood watch groups takes initiative and dedication by law-enforcement officers and the citizens who participate in the group, according to a release from the police department.

Watch groups are required to document their monthly meetings in order to be considered an active group and earn the neighborhood watch signs that mark roadways in surveilled areas, according to the release.

While neighborhood watches can deter crime and help residents look out for each other, the  watch groups aren’t vigilante organizations, the release stated. Group members are advised to contact law-enforcement authorities immediately and remain passive with suspects, when the watch believes criminal activity has taken place, according to the release.

The national Neighborhood Watch initiative began in 1972 with citizens seeking a better way to work with law enforcement in order to protect themselves and their communities, the release stated. Valdosta has had as many as 15 active watch groups in the past and would like to revitalize the program, according to the release.

For more information about how to start a neighborhood watch group in your neighborhood or revitalize a dormant watch, contact Officer Vernotis Williams, (229) 242-2606, extension 4090; or (229) 292-7785.  

Find general information regarding Neighborhood Watches on the National Crime Prevention Council’s website at NCPC.org

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