Neighborhood watch groups urged to revamp in Meridian
In the midst of the pandemic, the neighborhood watch groups have not had the opportunity to meet like they normally would. Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator, Lieutenant Rita Jack says its been about a year since meetings were put on hold due to the country shut down, leaving crime uneven in some areas.
“Majority of the public was in quarantine, so naturally our crimes against property or that of burglary was reduced and unfortunately, crimes against persons were increased such as incidents of domestic violence," said Jack.
Now that some limitations of COVID-19 have begun being lifted, Lieutenant Jack is encouraging groups to begin meetings again--whether it be virtual, through conference calls or meeting outdoors. She says meeting dates are still intact and law enforcement will be present.
“We’ve had so much time that has lapsed between our meeting and the groups really need to go ahead and plan their meeting so that we can prepare our members for our next meeting and so we can line up a guest speaker," said Jack.
The city is still in need of watch groups in the areas of the southside, eastside, Mt. Bordon and the Velma Young Community.
“We’re looking to have these groups created all over the community," said Jack. "The more groups we can get created, the better this program can serve.”
For more information on beginning a neighborhood watch group in your area, contact Lieutenant Rita Jack with the Meridian Police Department.