East End launches Neighbourhood Watch

Residents in East End are joining forces to make themselves feel even safer with the launch of a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

East End residents

Top row, from left: PC Butler, Jim Hawthorne, Trevor Ebanks and Florence Reig. Bottom row, from left: Jessica McLaughlin, Roberta Hawthorne, Eileen McLaughlin, Earl Smith and Patricia Smith. Photo: Submitted

RCIP Community Beat Officer, PC Lenford Butler has been instrumental in helping the residents of Austin Conolly Drive, Gun Bay set up the initiative which aims to tackle crime and offer support for local communities, said an RCIP press release.

PC Butler said: ‘The residents took the initiative and requested a neighbourhood watch because they want to prevent crime in the region before it happens. In addition, they stated that that it helps them to look after each other and be their ‘Brother’s Keeper’.

‘I am extremely happy with this initiative and encouraged by the stance and energy they used to launch their Neighbourhood Watch. Without them this excellent form of proactive policing could not have been realized.’

PC Butler added: ‘Addressing crime and the issues surrounding crime is not just a job for the police and it really is excellent to see the community coming together to make a stand. These residents are signalling that crime will not be tolerated in their area and they are willing to do something about it. The scheme will be an asset to the area will hopefully be the start of more things to come.’

Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership where people come together to make their communities safer.

FYI

Anyone interested in joining or starting a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in their community should contact their local police station.