Safe Streets Neighborhood Watch
By Tina DeForest
A group has formed in CentralLake to start a Safe Streets Neighborhood Watch program and is seeking people who are interested in participating. Several preliminary meetings have taken place; however, we would like to have more people join the group before we begin training. It is not too late to join!
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that, with education and common sense, teaches citizens how to make their neighborhood a safer place. Neighborhood Watch groups typically focus on observation and awareness as a means of preventing crime. The CentralLake group will work directly with the local Police Department. Chief Scott Barrett attended a Neighborhood Watch training seminar in December which provided him the training materials needed to begin a group.
At our next meeting we hope to finalize our vision and mission statements. We will begin organizing a phone chain list and will start viewing training material. We will discuss group recruitment, fundraising, and how to raise awareness.
For those who would like to view training materials before the meeting, there are discs available at the Central Lake Library.
Our next scheduled meeting is on April 24th, at 12:00 noon in the Central Lake Library conference room.
Central Lake Police Chief Scott Barrett with Safe Streets Neighborhood Watch training material