The canvassing of neighborhoods is nearly complete and the first Community-Wide Neighborhood Watch Meeting has been set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central.


The canvassing of neighborhoods is nearly complete and the first Community-Wide Neighborhood Watch Meeting has been set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central.

"The response has been outstanding," said Officer Kurt Spivey with the El Dorado Police Department. "We have canvassed over 50 neighborhoods and we have nearly 300 responses to the request for information from citizens interested in joining or reviving the current program they have."

This upcoming meeting is for any citizen interested in a neighborhood watch program in their areas.

They will discuss several items, including:

• how to start a Neighborhood Watch Program in a neighborhood.

• what is required of each citizen involved in a local watch area.

• what is required of a block captain.

• how to continue to keep a program alive.

• how can Crime Stoppers be of use to each watch program.

• what is Safe Neighbor and how does it help local neighborhoods.

• how will the police department be involved in the local watch programs.

• open question and answer session about crime in general.

"We are hoping all citizens will see a need for neighborhood watches in all areas of town," Spivey said. "Whether they have an active program, or they are interested in starting a new one in their area, this meeting is a great starting point. We hope all citizens will consider attending this meeting."

For more information or questions, call the police department at 321-9120.