More steps taken toward forming neighborhood watch group here
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Apr 04, 2012 | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Frank Brown (above left), Regional Operations Officer for the Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council, spoke to Canton residents about emergency training and neighborhood watch groups at a meeting held at the East Golden Pond Fire Department.</i>
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Frank Brown (above left), Regional Operations Officer for the Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council, spoke to Canton residents about emergency training and neighborhood watch groups at a meeting held at the East Golden Pond Fire Department.

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The purpose of a neighborhood watch group is to be on the lookout for crime and suspicious behavior, not to be vigilantes.

That’s what Frank Brown, Regional Operations Officer for the Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council, told more than 60 Trigg residents Thursday evening at a meeting at the East Golden Pond Fire Department, a meeting put together with the help of the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office.

“What neighborhood watch groups are not, we’re not vigilante groups … and we do not assume the role of the police, that’s what we’ve got these brave guys here for,” Brown said. “What we do as a neighborhood watch, we ask neighbors to be alert, to be observant, to care enough about their neighbors and their neighbors’ property to watch other each other.”

Brown said that neighborhood watch groups are there to observe and report and to build a good relationship with local law enforcement. He went on to say that the tragic shooting last month in Sanford, Fla., could have been avoided if the suspect had been properly trained and hadn’t try to play a cop.

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