Learn how to start a Block Watch Program

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There will be a Block Watch kick-off program held at the Williamston Municipal Center on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. The educational event is sponsored by the Williamston Police Department and will offer information on how to create a Block Watch program for a neighborhood.

A block watch program is a program organized by a group of people in the community who want to make their neighborhood a safer place by partnering with law enforcement and working together to reduce and solve crime, according to Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor.

Taylor said the block watch program simplifies the crime watch program to block by block and minimizes the number of streets involved.

“There was a time when everyone knew their neighbors. Now we don’t,” he said.

The program encourages neighbors who see something suspicious, whether activities or behavior, on their street or block to act immediately by calling 911.

It also encourages regular meetings with neighbors who are concerned about crime and having some coordination with a Captain and Co-Captain.

Anyone interested in assisting to make their neighborhood a safer place and being proactive in preventing crime is invited to attend, Chief Taylor said.

“The Williamston Police Department wants to have a partnership with the community to make our community safe,” Taylor said.