APD Introduces New Dog Walker Watch Program

The Arlington Police Department Crime Prevention Unit introduces a new program that involves neighbors watching for crime with their four-legged friends.

The new Dog Walker Watch is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.  Neighbors are trained to assist their local law enforcement agencies in crime prevention and safety. While walking their dogs,  if they see suspicious activity, they report it by calling 9-1-1.

Michelle Benjamin, with the APD Crime Prevention Unit, says neighbors are already outdoors walking their dogs in the early morning hours and after dark.  Many are looking for ways to get more involved in helping to make their neighborhoods safer.

“This is a another great way to expand our crime prevention and community watch efforts and train more residents how to observe and report suspicious activity,” she said.

Volunteer training is free.  Every participant who completes the training receives a bright red bandana to place on their dog. Volunteers are signing up.

For more information about this program, contact Crime Prevention Assistant Michelle Benjamin at Michelle.Benjamin@Arlingtontx.gov.

Click here to learn more about the Dog Walker Watch program.




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