Northeast Times

Millbrook Civic is hoping to revive an area Town Watch

Rowdy youths, drug deal­ing and van­dal­ism are prob­lems that plague city neigh­bor­hoods. They’re hardly new any­where.

But street-corner drug deal­ing has been on the rise in Mill­brook, mem­bers of the neigh­bor­hood’s civic as­so­ci­ation learned dur­ing their meet­ing at the Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation on Sept. 27.

Mike Brem­ser, the civic group’s re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary, said some mem­bers have been talk­ing to youths to try to get them off corners. Rudy Muller, the 8th Po­lice Dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer, said re­viv­ing an area Town Watch would help put drug deals in check.

Alicia Hernan­dez-Mette, com­munity sup­port spe­cial­ist for Town Watch In­teg­rated Ser­vices, told mem­bers that the or­gan­iz­a­tion could help res­id­ents re­vive a Town Watch chapter. People could patrol the neigh­bor­hood, or be “eyes and ears” to re­port what they see to po­lice.

Brem­ser and oth­er mem­bers had made a pitch to do that last year. Last month, Brem­ser re­peated the lament that ini­tial in­terest in a Town Watch typ­ic­al seems good but quickly wanes.

Hernan­dez-Mette said her group of­fers train­ing for those in­ter­ested in either patrolling or re­main­ing at home as “eyes and ears.” Town Watch mem­bers have no po­lice powers, but “ob­serve and re­port” to po­lice when they see trouble or sus­pi­cious activ­it­ies.

Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved in Town Watch can call Hernan­dez-Mette at 215-686-1418. ••

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