Office of Mayor Frank C. Guinta
For Immediate Release, September 27th, 2006
Contact: Craig Smith (603) 624-6500; (603) 759-5870Mayor and Police Chief give progress report on citizen policing programs
Manchester- Mayor Frank C. Guinta and Police Chief John Jaskolka today offered a progress report on the response to their call for citizen policing volunteers.
In early August, Guinta and Jaskolka asked the community for volunteers to assist in the operations of Manchester’s various police substations and for individuals to form and join neighborhood watch groups. Because of the attention made to this request, the Manchester Police Department has been able to organize six new neighborhood watch groups, giving the city a total of eighteen, and has had over thirty people volunteer to help out in police substations.
"The community has responded extremely well to our request for volunteers," Guinta said. "Manchester is a rapidly-growing city, but is still very much neighborhood-based. It is great to see the high level of concern our citizens have for the quality of life in their neighborhoods."
Manchester’s police substations are located at Sweeney Park (corner of Walker and South Main Streets) on Manchester’s West Side, 275 Maple Street (across from the JFK Ice Arena), and at the Manchester Community Resource Center on Lake Ave. A fourth substation is being looked at for the Amory Street area of Manchester’s West Side.
"I have always said that a Police Department is only as good as the citizens who support it," said Jaskolka. "Citizens play an extremely important roll in being the eyes and ears of their community. They live there 24 hours a day while our officers come and go. They know the neighborhood and community and they know who belongs there and who doesn’t. Involved citizens are an essential element of any crime prevention strategy"
The Manchester Police Department is always looking for additional volunteers. Anyone interested in helping or participating in a neighborhood watch group should contact Sgt. Kevin Kincaid of the Manchester Police Department at 603.628.6132, x437.
"This is an excellent start, but we are not content with the results," Guinta added. "I urge every citizen and business owner in Manchester to take a few moments out of their busy schedules and volunteer in Manchester crime prevention. Protecting the quality of life in our neighborhoods is all of our responsibility."