Palestine Police Department hopes to implement neighborhood crime watch program

Palestine Police Department hopes to implement neighborhood crime watch program

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - The Palestine Police Department is looking for community members interested in starting up neighborhood crime watch groups.

The department says it had formed citizen patrol groups in the past, but since then have faded out.
This new initiative is looking to train and form watch groups throughout every neighborhood.

According to the 2008 Department of Justice Analysis, on average, there was a 16% decrease in crime in communities with neighborhood crime watch groups.
 Corporal Joe Tinsley says people do feel safer, but this is also a way for local law enforcement to form a bond with the community.

"Our police officers get into a car, they go to calls, and then other calls," said Corporal Tinsley. "That kind of separates, unintentionally, us from the community. So we need a neighborhood crime watch program that will separate the gap."

The Palestine PD says it's willing to work with residents' schedules if they're interested in volunteering.

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