On January 8, the Independence Police Crime Prevention Unit held their annual Neighborhood Watch Recognition Ceremony.
On January 8, the Independence Police Crime Prevention Unit held their annual Neighborhood Watch Recognition Ceremony. This is the 18th year of the Neighborhood Watch Program. The Neighborhood Watch Program has been so successful that Independence was divided into two regions. Another officer was needed and so Officer Billy Pope, who joined the program last January, now covers the north side. Officer John Syme is now responsible for the south side.
Congratulations to The Crescent Whistleblowers and Captain Sara Dunnahay for winning the Block Watch of the Year Award for South Independence. She and her husband started their Neighborhood Watch group thirteen years ago and it is still very active.
The winner of the Block Watch of the Year Award for North Independence was The Hardy Bunch and Captain Kathy Pickering. One of their activities was a car show. Tim Pendleton accepted the award for their group since Kathy was not able to attend.
There are three levels of the Award Program: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The Gold level has the highest requirements. Nineteen different groups out of the fifty registered qualified for these awards. The 60 members in attendance cheered each other when they stepped up to receive their certificates.
Councilman Jim Schultz congratulated the Neighborhood Watch members for all their working together and with the police in preventing crime. Sgt. Troy Hanenkratt, Crime Prevention Units supervisor, and two patrol officers also attended the Award Ceremony.
If anyone is interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch group, please see www.indepmo.org/neighorhoodwatch for information. Officer Billy Pope may be contacted for the neighborhoods north of 23rd St. and he may be reached at 325-7645. Officer John Syme may be contacted for neighborhoods south of 23rd St. and his number is 325-7643.