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Orleans Police To State Neighborhood Watch Program

Last updated on Saturday, February 23, 2013

(ORLEANS) - The Orleans Police Department is announcing Neighborhood Watch Program in Orleans

Chief Roy McFarland says the Neighborhood Watch is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well-known crime prevention concepts in history.

The Orleans Police Department will be hosting a meeting for motivated citizens of Orleans interested in the Neighborhood Watch Program at 6 pm on Thursday, February 28 at the Orleans Town Hall Community Room.

While the modern day concept of Neighborhood Watch came into prominence in the late
1960s in response to an increasing burglary rate, its roots in America can actually be traced all the way back to the days of Colonial settlements when night watchmen patrolled the streets, McFarland says.

Funding for the program was sought and obtained from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration in 1972, and the National Neighborhood Watch Program was born.

The first two years of the program were devoted to disseminating information on the nature and volume of burglary, and providing information on how to secure residential property and make it less vulnerable to break-ins.

From there, it evolved to promoting the establishment of ongoing local neighborhood watch groups where citizens could work in conjunction with their law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes.

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