The Mamou Police Department want more eyes watching over residents in their neighborhoods. And they need help getting their Neighborhood Watch program up and running in the next few weeks.
Mamou residents can add another familiar figure to their "beware of dog" warnings. Neighborhood Watch signs will soon stand strong in 12 different areas of the town. Mamou Police Chief Greg Dupuis says it's about time.
"Over the last couple of years there seems to have been a disconnect between the community and the police department and the whole governing body," said Dupuis.
The program is in the early stages of development and they're currently working to divide neighborhoods into groups. But they will need volunteer leaders to head up the efforts. Dupuis says neighborhood safety is in everyone's hands.
"The police department is just as good as the information that it gets and if you don't have the public behind you, you're fighting a losing battle," said Dupuis.
And Neighborhood Watch is not a new concept. There are still some decades old signage that still have a different area code. But police are hoping to get things up and running, the program will be more visible once again. As far as the crime rate, Dupuis says it comes and goes. Burglaries are the most common crime in the area, but perhaps neighborhood watch can help move along the unsolved cases.
"We've had a few burglaries, but we've been working on it and we're turning a corner on that," said Dupuis. "But we've been doing well with our crime rate over here, but you can always do better."