Why don’t we have a Community Watch Program?
|September 21, 2012
|Many of you have
indicated that there seems to be an increase in
crime recently. My perception is burglaries have
increased significantly over the past several
years and drug use and juvenile drinking seems
on the rise.
There are a number of reasons for this increase
but only one solution we can take action on
today as a community.
We need a community watch program.
This has been part of my campaign platform for
sheriff from the start, but a friend suggested I
don’t wait until I become sheriff. Those who
know me understand I am the type who will
identify a need and solicit the help of experts
to address the need.
I am looking for Boundary County volunteers who
are interested in establishing a Community Watch
program throughout our county.
I need help establishing the organization and
leadership roles. I would prefer retired law
enforcement and those who have prior experience
with this activity as organizers and leaders but
all help is welcomed. We should utilize our
extensive community of retired law enforcement
officers to help with training, organization,
My goal is to establish a sustainable program
utilizing our local resources, our independent
spirit, and our self-sufficient ethic.
The concept is, initially this is a watch
program only. We will increase our awareness and
come together as a community to reduce crime in
The only individuals who should directly address
suspicious behavior will be those designated by
the group leaders or, of course, in case of
Patrols are the Sheriff and Police Departments
We will work with law enforcement when
suspicious activity is identified.
If you are interested in helping organize or
participate in this program, please contact Gary
Leonard at (208) 946-9579 or via email