WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WOAY) -The White Sulphur Springs Neighborhood Watch has started meeting monthly in an effort to regain a sense of community and aid the local police in reducing criminal activity within city limits.
Patrolman Shannon Morris of the White Sulphur Springs Police Department has such a passion for the community and stopping crime he initiated a local neighborhood watch program for the city at the beginning of 2018.
The White Sulphur Springs Neighborhood Watch is led by Morris, along with community coordinators, Candi and Lindsey Woolford. The program has been meeting monthly to discuss citizen’s concerns and ways to address those concerns.
New members are welcome as it is important to have a collaborative, community approach to safety in the spa city.
“Well, really there hasn’t been a neighborhood watch here in White Sulphur for around 20 years or so. There is a divide between our department and the community we serve and neighborhood watch is the bridge that kind of closes that divide,” says Shannon Morris, White Sulphur Springs Patrolman
“If you are seeing someone that you have never seen before, you know really take notice of what they look like, what they are wearing, what they are doing and where they are going those kinds of things are the things that need to be reported. And that report gives law enforcement the information they need to try to find that person,” says Lindsey Wolford, Coordinator of Neighborhood Watch.
If you would like to join the watch program applications can be obtained at the White Sulphur Springs Police Department. It includes a background check at no cost to the applicant, applicants cannot have a felony conviction, and once completed you can return them to the police department.