Snohomish mulls crime-prevention plan

SNOHOMISH — Neighborhood Watch might be making a comeback in Snohomish.

Snohomish police have been working with the new city Public Safety Commission on ways to get a bolstered program organized and running, Police Chief John Flood said Friday.

A community meeting on the topic is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at the fire district, 1525 Avenue D.

Flood’s heard from people in town interested in a Block Watch or Neighborhood Watch-style crime-prevention program since he was named a police chief candidate last year, he said.

“The citizens want to be involved, they want to help, and this is a way they can help,” he said.

Anyone who has concerns about crime and safety in Snohomish, or anyone who just wants to get to know their neighbors should stop by, the chief said.

“We’re going to talk about personal safety. We’re going to talk about identity theft,” he said. “We will discuss the type of crime that’s occurring in the neighborhoods.”

The Snohomish Public Safety Commission was formed earlier this year as a way to combine the city’s former civil service commission and liquor advisory committee.

Snohomish switched from a city police department to contracting with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for police services in January, and it took awhile for everything to shake out.

The commission has been meeting regularly, but is still working out a final meeting schedule, Flood said Friday.

The Neighborhood Watch informational meeting is the group’s first major community outreach event.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

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