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Neighborhood watch working for Scottstown

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By Robert Allen

The Scottstown Community held its regular neighborhood watch meeting June 10 at the Pentecostal Church on Charlie Harris Loop. The Scottstown watch is part of a pilot program launched by the Gadsden County Sherriff’s office. 

Jolene Williams, GCSO’s crime analyst, was trained at the attorney general’s office specifically to be part of the budding program. She said the community was selected as the location for the pilot program because it had a high rate of crime and high frequency of complaints. 

The program has now operated for a year — and so far Williams said it has been “very successful,” yielding real results for the participating neighborhood.

“The crime rate has lowered, and the upkeep of the community has been enhanced,” said Williams. 

A centerpiece of the initiative in Scottstown appears to be the public recreation area, which the watch is planning to use as the venue for a community party later this summer. 

“They’re rebuilding the park,” said Williams. “They’ve gone out and done a whole lot in the 

community.”

Clyde Collins, county parks director, and Brenda Holt, county commissioner, both attended the meeting to participate in the growing initiative. 

If people in other Gadsden County communities would like to establish a county-recognized watch program, Williams said all they need to do is call the sheriff’s office to initiate the organization process. Williams said Greensboro residents may already be thinking about adopting a similar program. 

 

Robert Allen can be reached at 850-627-7649 or rallen@gadcotimes.com.