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Community Watch at work in Chatham County

Posted Friday, March 13, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - On Saturday Feb. 21, 2008 the Norwood Crossing Community Watch along with the Cottages of Stonegate came together for coffee and pastries before setting out for a morning improving the neighborhood. Sheriff Richard Webster and Lt. Steve Maynor, Chatham County Sheriff’s Community Service Officer both attended and even assisted in the installation of two of the 15 community watch signs that were installed. While several crews of community members worked to install signs another crew set out to pick up trash along the roads.

Approximately 35 community members participated in the effort. This was the second community outing for this newly started Community Watch. In November they had a large community picnic where there was fellowship and food. The Sheriff’s Office attended that event as well giving the community a chance to see the Sheriff’s Office K9 in action and even take a look at our patrol cars up close. “Something about the cars just draws people’s interest”, said Lt. Maynor.

In the past 2 years, the Sheriff’s Office has talked to 17 new communities about forming a Community Watch program. There currently are 20 active Community Watch groups in the county. Community Watch involves the citizens getting to know each other and working with the Sheriff’s Office to educate, reduce crime and report suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

This also allows the community the chance to get to see the deputies in a different role. We end up building great friendships through the community watches in the county. “The citizens see that they can relate to us and become more comfortable in speaking to us about issues they may be facing in the neighborhoods”, said Lt. Maynor. If your community is interested in starting a Community Watch, contact Lieutenant Steve Maynor at 919-545-8111 to get started. Photo is of a newly organized community watch neighborhood in the area of Lamont Norwood Road in Northern Chatham County.

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