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Officers Matt Bennicoff and Jake Charles explain to residents their role in being active community members while stressing that their safety is paramount. Officers Matt Bennicoff and Jake Charles explain to residents their role in being active community members while stressing that their safety is paramount.
PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLYPatrolman Ryan Grube discusses the reinstated Northampton Crime Watch program in the borough with residents Feb. 13. PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLYPatrolman Ryan Grube discusses the reinstated Northampton Crime Watch program in the borough with residents Feb. 13.

Police force hosts crime watch meeting

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Police Department hosted the first Northampton Crime Watch meeting of the year, Feb. 13. Residents met 7 p.m. at the Northampton Fire Department building to learn the proper ways to handle some situations they may face.

“We’re looking for you to be the eyes and ears,” Police Chief Bryan Kadingo said.

The goal of these meetings is to explain to residents how to approach certain events that may arise in their neighborhoods, as well as giving them the proper contact information for when something happens. The meetings open the floor to conversation, allowing residents to explain their concerns and what they hope to see happen with crime rates in the borough.

As important as it is for residents to get involved, public safety and staying out of harm’s way are first and foremost.

“Do not put yourself in danger,” Patrolman Ryan Grube stressed. “You are a reporting tool.”

Meeting participants were provided paperwork with information about children and youth and mental health; contact information for district attorneys and anonymous tips for drug complaints; and a list of municipalities in Northampton County.

Those who attended the meeting provided very positive feedback. They explained how grateful they are for the program being started again. Residents stressed they want to see a better future for their children and to get as educated as possible on these important matters.

Kadingo, Grube and Officers Matt Bennicoff and Jake Charles were thanked for running the program.

Meetings will be held the second Wednesday of every month at Northampton Fire Department, 4 Lerchenmiller Drive.