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Fulton Police Department, community implementing Neighborhood Watch

Fulton Police Department, community implementing Neighborhood Watch

Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2009 9:04 pm

Fulton police are joining forces with the community to implement the Neighborhood Watch program.
The Fulton Police Department will take steps to start the Neighborhood Watch program during a meeting Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Pontotoc Community Center in downtown Fulton.
“We invite all citizens to attend. We need your support and help to prevent crime in your community to make it a safer community,” Fulton Police Chief Terry Powell said.
He explained that Neighbor-hood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in North America. In the late 1960s, an increase in crime heightened the need for a crime prevention initiative focused on residential areas and involving local citizens. The National Sheriffs Association (NSA) responded, creating the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972 to assist citizens and law enforcement.
Crime prevention programs help communities in reducing crime and violence through neighborhood and community watches, safety awareness programs, organized fundraisers and increased security.
Criminology reports suggest crime prevention programs in neighborhoods and communities help to reduce crime, by portraying awareness and intolerance for violence, according to Powell.
In addition, crime prevention programs may help reduce fear in the public eye by lowering high crime rates, firearms use, identity theft, drug trafficking, organized crime, violent crimes, discrimination, civil rights abuses, drugs, financial crimes, property violations, murder and killing, gang activity, shooting and physical abuse.
Powell said the main goal of crime prevention programs is to help protect children and their families, keeping neighborhoods safe for future generations.
Published in The Messenger 9.3.09


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