Fighting crime is something police are trained to do, but in many towns, officers rely on the public's help to keep the streets safe. Now, one small town in our region has regular folks who are making a big difference.
Milton is known for its small-town feel, home to only 2,200 residents. But some big-city crime is coming to town.
Dangerous drugs, burglaries, and car thefts have put people on edge. That's why Ken Klingler joined the neighborhood watch program.
“Neighborhood watch is fine if you're looking out your window and checking on your neighbors,” said Klinger.
But that is not always enough. So concerned community members took neighborhood watch a step further. They use a new crime-fighting tool to patrol the streets in a show of force.
“If we observe something that's out of the ordinary, then the officer on duty, we will contact him and give him the details and he comes to check it out,” said Klinger.
Car radios keep volunteers in constant contact with trained officers.
It’s a smoother ride that’s helping ordinary citizens do extraordinary work.
The stepped-up effort is already making a difference. On the very first night on patrol the neighborhood watch helped police by spotting a drunk driver.
Anyone can be a part of the program, as long as you pass a background check and driving test.
Just call the Milton Police Department for information.
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