GPD revives neighborhood watch program; asks residents to actively participate

GPD held a neighborhood watch meeting at the Sinajana Community Center. (PNC photo by Isaiah Aguon)

A little after a year of not meeting as a community to find ways to keep the island safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the neighborhood watch program was resumed by the Guam Police Department Thursday night.

GPD held a neighborhood watch meeting at the Sinajana Community Center.

The neighborhood watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residents, in cooperation with local police, to prevent and reduce crime in your neighborhood.

The program consists of village mayors, island residents, and the Guam Police Department.

GPD spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao said that moving forward, the department is looking to expand the program even more.

He says that a lot of villages have newly elected officials and GPD will work with them to revitalize these programs in Yigo, Yona, and Inalahan.

Tapao stressed that they want community members to get involved.

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“This is a start, and this is a reboot. Moving forward, we want to hear your concerns, we want to hear some of your frustrations or issues that you may see in your villages. This is an opportunity, again this is a start and we want to continue and keep the momentum going,” Tapao said.

“If you would like to start a neighborhood watch in your area, you can contact the program via Facebook at Neighborhood Watch Guam.