Communities Are Watching

Gulfport's Police Department is continuing its efforts to promote community policing by offering specialized training to residents. The department's Community Watch Program is offering citizens a three hour training session that'll provide the skills and knowledge needed to help keep the city safe. While folks are walking around their neighborhoods the program teaches them what to look for and how to recognize and report suspicious and criminal activity to the police.

Anyone that wants to participate in the program needs to go through a three hour block of training. Robert Johnson is with the Gulfport Police Department and conducts the training and says, "They also look for positive things as far as which houses are safe, which houses they can trust and it also is a teachable moment for children when they're walking with their parents during these observations."

Gulfport Police will offer two training sessions next month the first is July 19th from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Orange Grove Community Center. The other session will be July 25th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the 19-th Street Community Center.