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Pasco Neighborhood Watch Program Helps Police Fight Crime

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PASCO, Wash. - A neighborhood watch is sometimes called the eyes and the ears of the community.

Neighbors living in Pasco can get together and request to have police come and explain how to form a neighborhood watch.

Each Neighborhood Watch has a designated captain.  The captain will meet monthly with members of the police department.

There was a meeting held Wednesday night for a group of concerned neighbors.  They have seen a slight rise in crime on their block.  Pasco Authorities report that in the past six months police have been called 19 times for theft, burglary and other problems.

Now neighbors are taking action.

Pasco Crime Prevention Specialist Maria Stridham said when community members get involved and call police when they suspect criminal behavior it provides the area with a greater police presence.  Stridham said, "The officers are responding.  They're definitely more visible.   They (the criminals) know they see us and that deters them from doing any activity there."      

Stridham said there are less problems when the community gets involved.

Each police agency has different crime prevention programs.

If you would like to form a Neighbor Watch in Pasco call 509-545-3414.  Check with your local police department for programs they offer.