MPD encourages Neighborhood Watch participation

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian Police Department is encouraging communities to get involved and start a Neighborhood Watch program.

The move is to promote community involvement and to make neighborhoods to feel safer.

They are making the rounds asking citizens who want to form a neighborhood watch program to do so through the Meridian Police Department.

Lieutenant Rita Jack is heading the effort. She says the department will help setup regular meetings and provide information at them.

“We want to make sure that law enforcement facilitates the neighborhood watch groups to grow, having more participation in the neighborhood. We want to train the members on crime prevention,” Jack says.

Jack says there are currently eight neighborhoods taking part in the program and one business. She encourages businesses to also get involved. There is a separate program geared toward the business community.

If you would like to help form a group or see if one is in your community, you may call: 601-513-6916.