New community program aims to knock out crime

By:Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 11, 2017

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV)-- As a community grows, deputies are asking citizens for help to combat crime.

Residents in Wakulla learned more about new initiatives put in motion by the Wakulla Sheriff's Office at a Tuesday night meeting.

According to deputies, the main reason for the event is to build a stronger bond between law enforcement and the people living in the area.

One of the ways deputies hope to build those relationships is with the Community Watch Program.

Part of the new program asks residents to use social media and word of mouth to communicate with each other, as well as law enforcement.

Wakulla County Sheriff Jared Miller says this is pivotal to deter crime.

"They're the eyes and the ears for the sheriff's office, and without them we wouldn't be able to accomplish the things we need to accomplish," says Miller.

Community members said they’re ready to help out.

Wakulla resident Edie Brandt said, "They stressed the importance of the neighborhood watch, the community youth services. You know our youth is our future."

Jesse Moki added, "My wife and I, my kids, that's the most important thing, and doing the community watch. Make sure I watch out for my neighbors across the street."

An app called Nextdoor is being pushed by the sheriff's department to connect individuals with the people that live around them.

The Citizen’s Academy also began on Tuesday. It gives local citizens a behind the scenes look at the sheriff's office.

For more information about the academy and the new community watch program contact:

Lt. Chris Savary

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