New Program Trains City Staff To Make Community Safer

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

College Station city staff is being trained to use their eyes and ears to make sure the streets are safe.

The new 'City Watch Program' doesn't cost the city a thing, but it has proven to prevent crime.

When you're not monitoring your home, a city worker can now take on the task.

In fact, dozens of car burglaries at the Campus View Apartments in College Station were solved a few months ago thanks to a city sanitation worker doing his job. Police don't want to release his name in fear of retaliation, but they say he was taking out the trash at the apartment early in the morning when residents are usually sleeping. He saw someone looking into cars, and called police.

"While the police department was responding, he followed the person and saw him trying to get into other vehicles. Then he directed officers where he needed to go in order to locate the person," said Lt. Craig Anderson with the College Station Police Department.

Police arrested the man and found out the crook was linked to over 30 other car burglary cases. Police say they have trained 145 city workers in the City Watch Program including the entire sanitation department.

"Police can't check every apartment complex and every subdivision, so we depend on the city departments when they are out and about their jobs to watch out for suspicious activity," said Lt. Anderson.

The police department says they have also made a drug and DWI arrests through the program. The department says they are trying to train the entire city staff to let criminals know they are always being watched.

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