Keeping You Safe: West Chester launches Park Watch Program

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Keehner Park in West Chester is known for its tranquil atmosphere and picturesque scenery.

 "There are a lot of people who take advantage of the park for events or special activities that they plan with their family," said Barb Wilson, of West Chester Twp. Administrative Offices.
And just as much as residents appreciate the sights and scenery, West Chester Police want it to stay safe.
"The public parks should be a safe place where any family can come and have an enjoyable day, it's our job to maintain that safety within our parks," said. Sgt. Matt Tombragel of the West Chester Police Dept.
That's why they've launched the Park Watch Program, giving citizens the power to be the eyes and the ears of the police department.
"To involve and educate the park visitors and neighbors who live around the parks to crime related problems that occur within the parks," Tombragel said.
And minimizing the mischief that often can happen in parks. 
"Some of the more common problems that we see occurring in our parks would be littering, vandalism and loitering after hours," Tombragel said.
In order to be a park watcher, all you have to do is be a West Chester resident, fill out the form with police and they'll provide the training.
Those in the programs will be given decals to stick on their cars, and officers say it's not about patrolling the parks but  rather making sure police are privy to what's going on in the parks.
"Our police department patrols them regularly, but I think by residents becoming involved in park watch and just being more observant when they're in the parks, it will make them safer and cleaner," Wilson said.
To learn how about how to be a part of the Park Watch program call West Chester police at 513-777-5900.
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