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Citizens on Patrol takes crime prevention to local neighborhoods

Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young took a stroll through some local neighborhoods recently, but the outing was more than just a leisurely walk, sheriff’s office officials said.

Sheriff Young joined Gadsden County Citizens on Patrol officer Roy Barnes late last month as he made the rounds in local subdivisions and neighborhoods as part of the Citizens on Patrol initiative’s focus on community-based crime prevention efforts like neighborhood watch. Law enforcement partnering with neighborhood watch programs are “some of the best forms of crime prevention,” Young said. 

Visiting local neighborhoods and visiting with residents also helps reduce crime by increasing law enforcement “visibility” and taking a “proactive approach with citizens,” a sheriff’s office news release states. 

Sheriff Young added that he enjoys “getting away from the busy office” to walk around communities, chatting with local business owners and ordinary citizens, answering questions and addressing concerns.

Special to The Herald