Councilman Andrews to Move For Implementation of Dog Walker Watch Program
2015-10-12 · By Editor
Councilman Dee Andrews is bringing forth an agenda item on Tuesday, October 13th, City Council meeting, requesting the Long Beach to implement a Dog Walker Watch (DWW) program as part of the City’s current Community Watch Program.
The City of Long Beach Police Department is always in need of the public’s assistance in keeping a watchful eye in the community. With over 63,000 dog owner households in the City, implementing a Dog Walker Watch program would convert many of those walkers to “extra eyes and ears” for the Police Department. Dog walkers can be a valuable resource in helping to make our community safer. “I have been working on this program with the Long Beach Police Department for over a year and I really excited to see that it might get off the ground”, said Councilman Andrews.
The idea is that while residents are out taking their dogs on walks through their neighborhoods, they can also be trained to watch for suspicious activity that police have been asking people to report.
The Dog Walker Watch (DWW) is a crime awareness program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). There are dozens, if not hundreds, of dog walkers throughout the community who are often preoccupied with texting, chatting, emailing, and phone calls during their neighborhood walks. Dog Walker Watch trains these individuals on how to effectively observe and report criminal activity.
The item is co-authored by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Councilman Daryl Supernaw, and Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.