Civilians to organize for security

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

 “This meeting is not meant to be a complaint session about the services these good people provide us on their limited budget,” Itzkovitz said.

She said she wants to explore how the community can help the police to fight crime. Itzkovitz said she believed the primary role of a neighborhood watch group would be to provide information and quash rumors. They will not attempt to apprehend suspected criminals and will not be armed, she said.

Nighttime neighborhood patrols are planned as part of the service offered by volunteer crime fighters. “The sheriff has offered me a car and gas any night I wanted it and I’m going to take him up on that,” she said.

Itzkovitz invited the police officers to speak. Sandoval took the floor first. He said help from the public is needed to fight crime.

“A lot of people don’t report the crimes they’re supposed to be reporting,” Sandoval said.

Lewis agreed. She said people who find stolen belongings frequently refuse to press charges when their things are returned.

Mayor Van Johnson said he had worked with an earlier neighborhood watch group that disbanded. “I remember some of the challenges we faced,” he said. “People don’t want to tell, don’t want to be a snitch.”

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