SOUTH ROXANA — Police Chief Bob Coles has announced the start of a neighborhood watch program.
In a press release, the chief said he believes the program will help citizens and police officers to get to know one another and discuss issues affecting the community.
“A lot of problems between citizens and police is misinformation spread by not knowing what happens in town,” he said.
“As the chief of police, I get calls from citizens concerned over vehicle burglaries in the neighborhood, where the simple act of locking your car could have prevented 9 out of the 10 cars from being burglarized. I get complaints from time to time of officers not patrolling the streets, when in reality it takes 5 seconds to drive past someone’s house. Whereas the citizen believes the police are never around, but honestly officers have driven by their house numerous times while patrolling. When people are asleep, enjoying the holidays or off to work, there is an officer in town helping the community each and every hour of the day.”
The program will consist of active citizen involvement where residents, in cooperation with the police department, directly participate in the observation of nuisances and assist with the prevention of crime. Participants will keep themselves informed about their neighborhood and any suspicious, criminal or dangerous activity that may be occurring. Residents can provide police with valuable information, which will help officers investigate suspicious activities, apprehend criminals and prevent crime.
This program will be run by Sgt. David Davis, who also serves as the police department’s nuisance officer. Davis will report directly to the chief with any major concerns facing the neighborhood watch group and help make the community a better and safer place to live. The neighborhood watch groups provide “eyes and ears” to the police department.
For information about participating in this program, contact Davis at (618) 254-7460, ext.110, or at his email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group will meet once a month at Village Hall for an hour.