Newly-appointed Police Chief Chad Gurganus said the small police department has made a dent in the city’s drug and theft issues, but knows that those issues are often magnified in the summer. He hopes that getting the neighborhood watch program started and holding monthly meetings with the residents and police department will help reduce those crime numbers even further.
“It’s getting close to summertime, thefts are going to pick up, crime increases, and we need all eyes on it,” Gurganus said.
Gurganus said he hopes the neighborhood watch will be able to create subgroups of neighbors on the same street or in the same block who get together more often than the monthly meetings. Although the group must be run by the residents, not the police department, Gurganus said he will be involved with the program.
He will be on hand at the monthly meetings to address concerns from the public as well as to teach residents the basics of how to protect themselves, how to spot criminal activity and when to fill out a report with the police department.
The meeting is open to any resident inside the city limits or police jurisdiction of Oakman, as well as those just outside the jurisdiction.