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To serve and protect: Perspectives on policing from the new Snoqualmie Valley department

A bump in the night, a suspicious vehicle parked out on the street, or that uncomfortable feeling you have when strange people show up periodically who don’t belong in the neighborhood. These are a few of the reasons why block watch programs, such as a neighborhood watch, are important to have.

Most people know what is going on in their neighborhoods better than any outside agency. Utilizing what neighbors know and having open communication with other neighbors leads to less crimes and a better neighborhood atmosphere. Creating a group of neighbors that talk to each other and watch the neighborhood for anything strange or out of place is what makes the neighborhood watch.

Neighborhood watch programs are a group of neighbors who get together and communicate with each other to share thoughts, ideas and information about what is going on near and around their homes. Meetings can be held amongst those neighbors to bring the neighborhood closer and get to know who is who in the neighborhood. Any issues or concerns can be brought to the police department and shared, so everyone can be brought up to speed on what is actually going on in the neighborhood.

Police can’t be everywhere at once. Therefore, we do depend on information passed on to us from individuals or groups who see suspicious or unlawful actions taking place. When criminals know that a neighborhood isn’t going to stand for that type of behavior, they move on to another area that doesn’t stand together.

If you or anyone that you know may be interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch program or interested in learning more about them, contact Officer James Sherwood at jsherwood@ci.snoqualmie.wa.us or (425) 888-3333.

 

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