Canal Winchester contributes vehicles to Community Watch

 

Photo courtesy of the city of Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert hands keys for the donated vehicles to Fairfield County Sheriff Sgt. Jesse Henderschot.
Photo courtesy of the city of Canal Winchester
Mayor Michael Ebert hands keys for the donated vehicles to Fairfield County Sheriff Sgt. Jesse Henderschot.

The city of Canal Winchester recently contributed two vehicles to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Community Watch Program.

The program, a volunteer effort begun in 2007, allows citizens of Fairfield County, Canal Winchester and Pickerington to participate in serving and protecting their  communities under the guidance of the Fairfield County Sheriff.

“Crime prevention is a major component of the Community Watch Program,” said Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert.  “The program has been very successful here, but to continue its success we will need more volunteers.”

Canal Winchester’s current volunteer staff makes up 18 of the program’s 70 members.  With the addition of the dedicated vehicles and a training class scheduled for February, Ebert anticipates local participation to exceed 40 trained Canal Winchester volunteers in 2015.

Community Watch volunteers work approximately two four-hour shifts each month, always with a partner.

“This year, Community Watch officers have logged over 4,500 hours of volunteer time county-wide,” said Sergeant Jesse Henderschot, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Commander.  “Many of our Community Watch volunteers are retirees or husband and wife teams.”

In addition to assisting Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputies with local events and festivals, Community Watch members provide other non-emergency services including crime deterrence, traffic control, business door checks, vacation home checks, and vehicle lock-outs.

“The Community Watch program allows us to release deputies to complete their law enforcement duties. Our volunteers will contact deputies when we observe anything suspicious,” said Canal Winchester Community Watch Captain Gary Bush.

Community Watch volunteers must complete 40 hours of required training, including 24 classroom hours.   Registration for February’s Community Watch Class is open. Applications are available in-person and online from the city of Canal Winchester and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. For information regarding the Community Watch Program and the Canal Winchester patrolling area, contact Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Administrative Assistant Pam Renko at (740) 687-6751.

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