Muhlenberg police launch new crime-fighting program

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - The Muhlenberg Township Police Department has teamed up with the National Association of Town Watch to launch a new crime-fighting program.

This week, the police department held its first training sessions for the Dog Walker Watch Program.

"Dog Walker Watch is a program that utilizes the eyes and ears of people who are out doing everyday dog walking," said Sgt. Joel Marino, who heads the training for the program.

The training session is about 30 minutes long. Marino taught the group how to identify suspicious behavior, strategies to remember important details and how to report it to police.

"You know your neighborhood a lot better than most people do," said Marino.

Once the training is complete, Marino said there is nothing left to do but go out, but continue walking your dog, and put the observation skills into practice.

"Because we are out walking our dogs, often we've seen some things that we weren't to happy with and the only way you can do anything about it is to get involved and let the proper people know," said Anne Marie Ecksteron, who was attending the training.

Another training session is scheduled for Saturday, August 19, at 9 a.m. To register for the training, visit the Muhlenberg Township website.

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