By JENNIFER FITCH
9:33 PM EST, February 27, 2013
A small group of people took the first steps Wednesday to explore starting a crime watch program in the Borough of Waynesboro.
Eight people attended an informational meeting hosted by the Waynesboro Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ed Asbury said he has done presentations for start-up crime watch programs in both urban and rural areas. Most are reactive efforts after a rash of criminal activity, not proactive ones like in Waynesboro, he said.
“You can make it anything you want to make it,” Asbury said.
Police do not run the programs, but they can provide organizational materials, Asbury said. There are national organizations focused on neighborhood watches, he said.
“The police can’t do it by themselves,” Asbury said. “It has to be a buy-in of the community.”
“This department cannot be as efficient and effective as its potential without the involvement of the community,” Waynesboro Police Chief Jim Sourbier said.
Safety is the charge and responsibility of the police department, Sourbier said.
“It also requires the active, intelligent participation of the community,” he said.
Nancy Frame is a Washington Township, Pa., resident who attended the meeting. She said she was concerned about her 91-year-old mother’s neighborhood within the borough.
“I think this is something good,” Frame said, adding that she hopes efforts within the borough trickle into other communities.
Participants in the meeting were asked to encourage others to become involved in a Waynesboro program.
For more information, call Waynesboro police at 717-762-2132.
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