BY ADJANI SHAH
They’re keeping an eye on your street.
A representative from the Block Watchers, a citizens’ patrol initiative, informed and trained members of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) at the civic group’s February 20 meeting.
There are about 70 registered Block Watchers in the Woodhaven community thanks to the meeting.
Officer Dion Harris, of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau, said the program’s intent is for residents to serve as watchdogs for the police. This includes knowing which situations require a call to 9-1-1, or 3-1-1, observing situations and not getting physically involved in altercations.
Harris also taught residents how to identify a perpetrator or a vehicle to better inform police. Another item was how to identify a street, even if signs were not visible.
“Think about what you saw, that’s what you will report,” he said.
For more info about getting involved in Block Watchers, contact the WRBA at 718-296-3735.