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Monroe Neighborhood Watch Program to Return in 2009
Thursday, September 4, 2008 10:46:40 AM - Monroe Ohio

John Beagle

I asked Monroe Police Chief Gregory Homer, "Does Monroe still have a neighborhood watch program?  I know at one time, approximately 700 Monroe Citizens had joined the Neighborhood Watch Association. Officer Kim Pant was in charge of the program."

Chief Homers's answer, "Officer Pant left the Dept. in 2003.  That was the beginning of the financial problems in the City, her position was not immediately filled.

The last formal activity of the Monroe Neighborhood Watch was in Sept. 2004.  For financial reasons and no staff assigned, it was put on a back burner.  Without staff permanently assigned citizen interest in the program waned.

Due to the obvious growth in Monroe my first attention is to beefing up the Patrol and Detective Divisions.  After this is completed, and staff assigned, we will rekindle the formal neighborhood watch program.  I anticipate this to be in late 2009."

About Neighborhood Watch:
Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
Sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Neighborhood Watch (started in 1972) can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements. Today's version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night.

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