- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The Columbus Police Department wants to re-energize its neighborhood watch program, and Community Relations Officer Rhonda Sanders says east Columbus is an ideal place to start.

Sanders, along with Chief Tony Carleton, will lead an introductory meeting for neighborhood watches on Saturday.

Sanders tells The Commercial Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1ArbHBE ) police want to begin an organized process in east Columbus, where she says crime has been on the rise. From there, she hopes to spread the message city wide by hosting a meeting in each ward by summer’s end.

Sanders says neighborhood watches helped residents get to know their neighbors, and it also organized a system of mutual accountability among neighbors.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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