LIMA — In an effort to reduce crime and foster safer communities, the Lima Department of Community Development and the Lima Police Department are calling on civic-minded individuals to take to the streets.
Neighborhood Specialist Autumn Swanson and members of the Lima Police Department Community Policing Program announced the formation of Citizen Block Patrol, in which community members can aid the police department by alerting them of suspicious activity or even active crimes.
“This is getting back to the grassroots of (community oriented policing),” Lima Police Sgt. Jason Garlock said. “The main thing we’re going to focus on is their role as a set of eyes and ears when we aren’t present. We don’t want people engaging when they see illegal activity. We want them to observe and report anything they see.”