By Nicole Ginley-Hidinger
Medford currently has ninety-nine neighborhood watch programs. They need two hundred fifty.
Neighborhood watch volunteers assist the city’s 105 sworn officers by taking note of what is happening in and around their community. For example, recently a Neighborhood Watch team identified drug activity in their neighborhood. One of the subjects was wanted for an outstanding warrant. The volunteers kept watch and reported when the man was in their neighborhood so that the Medford Police Department could make the arrest.
Professor Joe Stone’s economic class is studying the data to determine how effective these neighborhood watch programs are on crime rate.