Business Watch safety program begins in Cordova
by Jennifer Cohron
Feb 10, 2013 | 1554 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Encouraged by a large turnout for Cordova’s first Neighborhood Watch meeting, Police Chief Nick Smith is launching a similar safety program for business owners.

A member of the Cordova Police Department will check in daily at each establishment that enrolls in Business Watch. An emphasis will be placed on opening and closing times unless the officer on duty is responding to another call.

“It’s for their peace of mind and to improve overall communication in the community,” Smith said. “We get to know each business owner and their employees, and they get to know us. We want our presence to be felt.”

A Business Watch decal will be placed at each participating store as well as a log for officers to sign during their daily checks.

Business owners will also be encouraged to attend the monthly Neighborhood Watch meetings that CPD recently began hosting.

Approximately 55 residents attended last month’s organizational gathering.

“I was very impressed with that turnout. It says a lot about this community and the direction that they want to go,” Smith said.

The next Neighborhood Watch will be Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Local watch captains will be assigned, and assistant chief Zak Green will make a presentation on the history and theory of crime prevention.

To enroll in Business Watch or to get more information about Neighborhood Watch, call the Cordova Police Department at 483-7378.