The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 28, 2013

Danville Police chief urges more residents to attend Neighborhood Watch meetings

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — Police Chief Eric Gill is hoping more people will start attending Neighborhood Watch meetings.

That way they can be updated on the latest tools for keeping the community safe, Gill told those attending a recent meeting.

Program Coordinator David Pebley reported they have a contact list of about 100 households.

At the last meeting, members learned from Danville Cpl. Jonathan Swank the public knows the program is in Danville. The police department and 911 call center have received calls from throughout the area, Swank said.

Neighborhood Watch members will be on hand during Danville’s Spring Fling May 4. They will set up a ball toss game with stuffed animals as prizes.

Members will participate with the Danville Police Department, other law enforcement personnel and emergency services agencies at the National Night Out in August.

Pebley said their program is working on a large “See Something — Say Something” banner to display with their program banner.

They also plan to buy 25 smaller signs to display in various business windows in town and around the area.

He reported there was a spike in visits to their Facebook page in March. With the average being 30 to 50, the number of visitors jumped to 103.

The program will hold a kickoff for new members at its June meeting.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. May 20 at a location to be announced.