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Heber City Police Hosts a Town Hall Meeting: Community Oriented Policing / Neighborhood Watch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Heber City Police Hosts a Town Hall Meeting:
Community Oriented Policing (COP)
Heber City, Utah, Jan. 30, 2012. – The Heber City Police Department will be hosting a town hall style meeting at the police department at 301 South Main on Thursday, Feb. 9th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is to discuss the concept of Community Oriented Policing (COP), crime trends in the city and how residents and business owners can help prevent crime to keep their neighborhoods a safe and desirable place to live and shop. One of the most recognizable programs for this is Neighborhood Watch. Officer Bryan Bresnan will explain how to start, register and maintain a Neighborhood Watch or Business Watch group. Officer Bresnan will discuss what to look for and how to report suspicious behavior, whether or not you are part of a formal group.

Neighborhood Watch has been shown to decrease crime, but many of you will think our crime rate is already low, so why bother. A balance between risk and over vigilance needs to be found and Neighborhood Watch is that balance. Heber City is growing, there is crime, and we need to prevent our crime rate from increasing. Lowering it couldn’t hurt either. There is also the benefit of the extra peace of mind for you and your family. 

Property values have also been shown to increase due to Neighborhood Watch programs. A representative from Ivory Homes will briefly discuss the benefits of citizen involvement with crime prevention.

Detective Tammy Thacker will talk about signs of child abuse and the sex offender registry. Anyone can look up the offender map, but Det. Thacker will explain the registry and what else you can do to protect your children.

We encourage everyone to attend, however if you cannot the meeting will be broadcast live via the web at www.HCPD.us. It will be as entertaining as CSPAN, but it is about your local community so worth watching.  

Please RSVP and note your neighborhood so they can plan accordingly. You can call 435-654-3040, email Officer Bresnan at bbresnan@hcpd.us or post to the Neighborhood Watch Meeting event on Heber City Police Department’s Facebook page. 

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BY BRYAN BRESNAN   01/31/2012



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