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28 E. Washington  •  P.O. Box 578
McAlester, OK 74502
Ph: (918) 423-9300

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Neighborhood Watch Program
City offers help for Neighborhood Watch programs

The City of McAlester is offering free help starting Neighborhood Watch programs in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Master Patrolman Jeremy Busby is the McAlester Police Department’s Community Policing Officer and makes presentations about various police programs to community, senior and school groups. One of those programs is Neighborhood Watch.
“It’s all part of our Safe Neighborhoods Program,” said MPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Morris. Busby “teaches people how to set up a Neighborhood Watch program, how to coordinate it, and how to stay in touch with us to help cut down on crime.”
Busby attended a course taught at Norman Police Department for special training about Neighborhood Watch, and so far has helped set up a Neighborhood Program covering several blocks in northwest McAlester. Police hope many more will follow.
“With the increase in crime and burglaries and larcenies that we have in today’s society, the more we get our public involved to call us and report suspicious activity, the more the public can help, the better we can do our job,” Morris said.
Busby explained that Neighborhood Watch is designed to train neighbors how to recognize potential criminal activity, how to report it, and things that can be done to deter criminal activity near their homes.
“They are an extra set of eyes to help us take care of their neighborhood,” Busby said.
“I go over things like how to recognize crime, and what to look for, and the details we need if they see something and need to call us.”
Most Neighborhood Watch groups cover about four consecutive blocks and require at least four or five people to participate, Busby said. A coordinator should seek out a church or other community building to set up a meeting with participants. Then Busby can meet with the group and help guide the neighbors with presentations, suggestions, signage and booklets.
Neighborhood Watch groups can be as active as desired, from staying in touch with regular meetings to holding block parties or clean-ups in their neighborhoods, Busby said.
The idea is to know your neighbors and what’s going on your neighborhood.
“We will assist in any way we can,” Busby said.
For more information, contact Busby at the MPD Criminal Investigation Division at 918-421-4917.