Neighborhood watch programs may seem hokey and stale (for example, Boris the Burglar at right, or McGruff the Crime Dog), but Joaquin Suttles and Pedro Rodriquez from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department came to the North End Campus Coalition meeting today and gave a compelling presentation. In fact, these programs are a great way to promote community engagement and “bring back what ‘neighborhood’ used to mean.” To show how badly community re-engagement is needed, a horrific hit-and-run video from Hartford (June 2008) was presented. The video is slightly graphic, but the truly sickening part is all the cars and people passing by, apparently doing nothing. That said, you will be relieved to read this follow up from Fox News: “…four people dialed 911 within a minute of the accident, and Torres received medical attention shortly after that.” To get involved in a neighborhood watch program, contact Program Director Ed Caisse at 413-858-0225.
Posted on March 19, 2009 by Aron Goldman