Monday, May 13, 2002

neighborhood watch takes on terrorism

The Neighborhood Watch program has been around for more than 30 years, helping to get citizens involved in policing their neighborhoods to fight crime. Members of the program will be undertaking some new activities in the future:
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the need for strengthening and securing our communities has become even more critical. President Bush has announced that, with the help of the National Sheriffs' Association, the Neighborhood Watch Program will be taking on a new significance. Community residents will be provided with information which will enable them to recognize signs of potential terrorist activity, and to know how to report that activity, making these residents a critical element in the detection, prevention and disruption of terrorism.

We will be publishing information which will assist citizens in organizing Neighborhood Watch Programs, knowing what to look for in the community, and understanding what to do if they observe suspicious activity. Under the umbrella of the newly-created Citizen Preparedness Councils, the Neighborhood Watch Programs will help to distribute useful information circulated by the Councils and other agencies.
The Progressive has a slightly different view of the program, in their article entitled Amerisnitch.