Let’s fix our neighbourhood watch - DSP Beeput
Deputy Superintendent of Police Sharon Beeput, Hanover's commanding officer, says there is enough evidence to show that both the police and citizens of the country have benefitted from the neighbourhood watch movement, which she is pushing to establish in the western parish.
Addressing an awards ceremony organised by the Haddington-New Mills Neighbourhood Watch group for police personnel stationed at the Ramble and Sandy Bay police stations, Beeput noted that the police need the help of citizens to address the law-enforcement challenges of the nation.
"It is essential that we continue to forge partnerships with you the citizens that we are sworn to serve, to protect and to reassure," she said. "We are mindful that for these partnerships to strive, there must be mutual trust and respect."
Beeput used the opportunity to encourage members of the neighbour-hood watch group to strive to increase their numbers and visibility. However, she expressed concern about the age of some of the persons that make up the movement.
"Going forward, we need to change the perception of the neighbourhood watch movement of being only for senior citizens by engaging young people to become actively involved," said Beeput.
The deputy superintendent urged members of the movement not to allow violence and other crimes to erode the social, moral and economic values of their communities and not to adopt the silent posture.
"I am of the belief that if we continue to collaborate, the proposed benefits that can be derived from citizens and the police working together in partnership, which is to prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and provide support to our neighbours, we will be successful," said Beeput.
She also used the opportunity to call for a reactivation of dormant neighbourhood watch groups. She said they have a role to play in the reduction of crime.